American Revolution Timeline

  • French and Indian War ends

    French and Indian War ends
    The French and Indian War began in 1754 and ended with the Treaty of Paris in 1763.
  • Navigation Acts

    Navigation Acts
    The Navigation Acts were a series of laws passed by the British Parliament that imposed restrictions on colonial trade.
  • Stamp Act

    Stamp Act
    The Stamp Act of 1765 was an act of the Parliament of Great Britain which imposed a direct tax on the British colonies in America and required that many printed materials in the colonies be produced on stamped paper from London.
  • Boston Massacre

    Boston Massacre
    The Boston Massacre was a confrontation in Boston on March 5, 1770, in which a group of nine British soldiers shot five people out of a crowd of three or four hundred who were harassing them verbally.
  • Tea Act

    Tea Act
    The act granted the company the right to ship its tea directly to the colonies without first landing it in England, and to commission agents who would have the sole right to sell tea in the colonies.
  • Boston Tea Party

    Boston Tea Party
    Political Protest that occurred in the Boston Harbor that showed the British that the colonists wouldn’t pay taxes without representation
  • Intolerable Acts

    Intolerable Acts
    A series of four laws passed by the British Parliament to punish the colony of Massachusetts Bay for the Boston Tea Party.
  • First Continental Congress

    First Continental Congress
    The First Continental Congress was a meeting of delegates from 12 of the 13 British colonies. conducted a spirited discussion about how the colonies could collectively respond to the British government's coercive actions, and they worked to make a common cause.
  • Battles of Lexington and Concord

    Battles of Lexington and Concord
    The Battles of Lexington and Concord were the first military engagements of the American Revolutionary War.
  • Second Continental Congress

    Second Continental Congress
    The Second Continental Congress was a late-18th-century meeting of delegates from the Thirteen Colonies that united in support of the American Revolutionary War.
  • Declaration of Independence adopted

    Declaration of Independence adopted
    The most well-known printed version of the United States' Declaration of Independence displays the signatures of John Hancock and other founding fathers at the bottom
  • Battle of Saratoga

    Battle of Saratoga
    Climax of the American Revolutionary War, giving the upright to the Americans.
  • Winter at Valley Forge

    Winter at Valley Forge
    The camp had unsanitary conditions, shortages of food and blankets contributed to the disease and exhaustion which continually plagued the camp.
  • Battle of Yorktown

    Battle of Yorktown
    The Battle of Yorktown proved to be the decisive engagement of the American Revolution. The British surrender forecast the end of British rule in the colonies
  • U.S. Constitution written

    U.S. Constitution written
    The U.S. Constitution is the world's longest surviving written charter of government. Its first three words – “We The People” – affirm that the government of the United States exists to serve its citizens.
  • U.S. Constitution adopted

    U.S. Constitution adopted
    The Constitution was written during the summer of 1787 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, by 55 delegates to a Constitutional Convention that was called ostensibly to amend the Articles of Confederation, the country's first written constitution. It was first ratified by Delaware.