American Revolution Timeline By rempz25 1651 Navigation Acts restricted colonial trade to England Feb 10, 1763 French & Indian War Ends England & her colonies defeated France and their Native Allies. Drained the British Treasury, which led to England heavily taxing the colonies. Mar 22, 1765 Stamp Act The Stamp Act was passed, placing a tax on paper in the colonies. Mar 5, 1770 Boston Massacre 5 protesters shot to death on King Street in Boston. 1773 Tea Act granted the East India Company a monopoly on tea in the colonies. Dec 16, 1773 Boston Tea Party 342 chests of tea imported by the British East India Company thrown into the harbour by colonists. Mar 31, 1774 Coercive/Intolerable Acts Boston Port Act = the British demanded that the citizens of Boston pay about 1mil for the tea thrown into the harbour during the Boston Tea Party. (March 31, 1774) Massachusetts Government Act = restructured the government of Massachusetts to give the royally appointed more power. (May 20, 1774) Administration of Justice Act = ensured a fair trial for British Officials who committed capital offenses while quelling the protests in Massachusetts Bay Colony. (1774) out of space for last act Sep 5, 1774 First Continental Congress 12 delegates met to discuss how to react to the British Navy blockading Boston Harbour. Ran from Sept 5 to Oct 26, 1774 Apr 19, 1775 Lexington and Concord This battle kicked off the American Revolutionary War. May 10, 1775 Second Continental Congress met to plan further responses if the British Gov. had not repealed or modified the acts. Jul 4, 1776 Declaration of Independence Adopted the Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence. 1777 Winter at Valley Forge Washington improved his army during harsh weather conditions which enchanted the fighting capacity of the Continental Army. (1777 - 1778) Oct 7, 1777 Battle of Saratoga turning point in the war. Americans defeated the vastly superior British army, sharply raising morale among the Americans. Sep 28, 1781 Battle of Yorktown Decisive engagement of the Revolution, British surrender foreshadowed the end of British rule in the colonies. (Sept 28 - Oct 19, 1781) Sep 17, 1787 U.S. Constitution Written The U.S. Constitution was written. Dec 7, 1787 U.S. Constitution Adopted Delaware adopted the U.S. Constitution, with the other states adopting it between 1787 to 1790.