American Revolution Timeline

  • The Navigation Acts

    The Navigation Acts
    These were a series of laws that Parliament had passed to control shipping commerce and to restrict colonial trade. These acts were created with the intent of recovering money lost in the French and Indian War.
  • The French and Indian War Ends

    The French and Indian War Ends
    The war was brought to an end with the Treaty of Paris(1763) which made France relinquish any of its territories in North America.
  • The Stamp Act

    The Stamp Act
    This act placed taxes on all commercial and legal documents. It was originally passed to replenish the money the British had lost during the Seven Years’ War although it was eventually repealed.
  • The Boston Massacre

    The Boston Massacre
    The Boston Massacre was an event in which several colonists were shot and killed and/or injured after miscommunication. Before the colonists were killed there were claims that they were throwing objects at the soldiers although most agreed they were snowballs. The soldiers eventually fired after they had believed they had heard someone shout for them to fire.
  • The Tea Act

    The Tea Act
    The Tea Act had enacted a monopoly on British tea imports and benefited the British East India Co. and was further beneficial for the British because many members of Parliament held shares. This was rather unpopular amongst colonists as although it lowered tea prices it reduced the amount of jobs. This act had been passed to prevent the British East India Co. from bankruptcy.
  • Boston Tea Party

    Boston Tea Party
    The Boston Tea Party involved many crates of tea being tossed off into the harbor after the passing of the tea act earlier that year. All the tea that had been destroyed had belonged to the British East India Co.
  • The Coercive/Intolerable Acts

    The Coercive/Intolerable Acts
    These acts had multiple effects including the quartering act which forced the colonists to share their houses with British soldiers. Another impacts of these acts was the Port Bill which closed Boston harbor until Britain was compensated. These acts were placed to punish Massachusetts for defiance during the Boston Tea Party.
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    The First Continental Congress

    Throughout the course of the First Continental Congress the matters of boycotting British goods and the rights of Americans were discussed as well as setting a date for the Second Continental Congress.
  • The Battles of Lexington and Concord

    The Battles of Lexington and Concord
    These two battles occurred on the same day and marked the beginning of the American War of Independence.
  • The Second Continental Congress

    The Second Continental Congress
    During the Second Continental Congress the first national government was established in addition to a national currency being developed. Whilst creating this government many roles were created to establish a form of order.
  • Declaration of Independence

    Declaration of Independence
    The Declaration of Independence outlined that men have certain inalienable rights that shall not be infringed upon and that after several conflicts the decision has been made to separate from England and for Americans to form their own nations.
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    Winter at Valley Forge

    During the winter at Valley Forge many of the men had died from disease although they persevered and George Washington had stayed with them throughout the entire time.
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    The Battle of Saratoga

    After the Americans had won this battle over the British it finally persuaded the French to join the war with the Americans providing much needed supplies and soldiers.
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    The Battle of Yorktown

    The Battle of Yorktown had resulted in the British surrendering after being entrapped by the joint forces of the French and Americans. After this victory England’s military operations were practically ended.
  • U.S. Constitution Written

    U.S. Constitution Written
    The U.S Constitution was written after Congress brought together delegates to make recommendations to the government as the Articles of Confederation were ineffectual.
  • U.S. Constitution Adopted

    U.S. Constitution Adopted
    After the U.S. Constitution was written and enacted it proved to be much more effective than the previous Articles of Confederation but changes and additions were still made in the form of amendments.