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American Revolution timeline

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  • French and Indian War

    French and Indian War
    It was 17th and first 18th century
    there was conflict and French and Britain was fighting for land
    Britain won the war.
  • Treaty of Paris

    Treaty of Paris
    Britain won the French and Indian war and the Treaty of Paris was formed. In this treaty Great Britain claimed Canada and virtually all of North America east of the Mississippi river. Britain also took Florida from Spain.
  • Proclamation of 1763

    Proclamation of 1763
    To avoid further conflicts with Native America, The British government prohibited colonists from settling west of the Appalachian Line along the Appalachian mountains. The proclamation of 1763 established a line along the Appalachian mountain which prohibited colonists to cross.
  • Sugar Act and colonists response

    Sugar Act and colonists response
    The sugar act did three things. It halved the duty on foreign-made molasses in the hopes that colonists would pay a lower tax rather than risk arrest by smuggling. It placed duties on certain imports that had not been taxed before.
  • Sons of Liberty is formed and Samuel Adams

    Sons of Liberty is formed and Samuel Adams
    1765 and 1767
    In may of 1765, the Colonists united to defy the law. Boston shopkeepers, artisans and laborers organized a secret resistance group called the sons of liberty to protest the law. Samuel Adams was one of the founding fathers and the founders of Sons of Liberty , let a boycott against British goods.
  • Declaratory Act

    Declaratory Act
    Parliament passed the Declaratory Act, which asserted Parliament's full right "To bind the colonists and the people on America in all cases whatsoever."
  • Townshend Acts and colonists response. Why were they repealed

    Townshend Acts and colonists response. Why were they repealed
    In 1767, Parliament passed the Townshend Act. This act taxed goods that were imported into the colony from Britain, such as lead, glass, paint, and paper. The acts also imposed a tax in tea, the most popular drink in the colonies. Hostilities between the colonists and the British mounted, the atmosphere in Boston grew increasingly tense and later Parliament repealed the Townshend act.
  • John Locke's Social Contract

    John Locke's Social Contract
    One key enlightenment thinkers was English philosopher John Locke. Locke maintained that people have natural rights to life, liberty, and property. Furthermore, he contended, every society is based on a social contract- an agreement in which the people consent to choose and obey a government so long aa it safeguars their natural rights.
  • Boston Massacre

    Boston Massacre
    On march 5, 1770, a mob gathered in front of the Bostons Customs House and Taunted the British soldiers standing guard there. Shots were fired and five colonists, including crispus Attucks, were killed or mortally wounded. This was know as the Boston Massacre.
  • Tea Act

    Tea Act
    British Parliament passed the Tea Act in 1773. 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
    A large group of Boston rebels disguised themselves as Native Americans and proceeded to take action against three British tea ships anchored in the harbor. In this incident, later known as the Boston Tea Party, the "Indians" dumped 18,000 pounds of East India Company's tea into the waters of Boston Harbor
  • Intolerable Acts-three acts

    Parliament responded by passing a series of measures that colonists called the Intolerable Acts. One law shut down Bostons harbor. Another, the Quartering Act, authorized British commanders to house soldiers in vacant private homes and other building. In addition to these measures, General Thomas Gage, commander-in-chief of British forces in north America, was appointed the new government of Massachusetts.
  • First Continental Congress meets

    First Continental Congress meets
    In Britain's action, the committes of correspondence assembled the first continental congress. In September 1774, 56 delegates met in Philadelphia and drew up a declaration of colonial rights. THey defended the colonies' rights to run their own affairs and stated that, the British used force against, the colonies should fight back
  • Publication of Common Sense

    Publication of Common Sense
    In a widely read 50-page pamphlet titled Common Sense, Paine attacked King George and the monarchy. Paine, a recent immigrant argued that responsibility for British tyranny lay with "the royal brute of Britain."
  • Battle of Bunker Hill

    On June 17, 1775, early in the Revolutionary War (1775-83), the British defeated the Americans at the Battle of Bunker Hill in Massachusetts. Despite their loss, the inexperienced colonial forces inflicted significant casualties against the enemy, and the battle provided them with an important confidence boost.
  • Minutemen

    Minutemen-civilian soldiers who pledged to be ready to fight against the British on a minute notice quietly stockpiled firearms and gunpowder. General Thomas Gage soon learned about these activities.
  • battle of lexington

    battle of lexington
    1775- 1783
    The Battles of Lexington and Concord, fought on April 19, 1775, kicked off the American Revolutionary War. Tensions had been building for many years between residents of the 13 American colonies and the British authorities, particularly in Massachusetts. On the night of April 18, 1775, hundreds of British troops marched from Boston to nearby Concord in order to seize an arms cache.
  • Second continential congress

    Second continential congress
    colonial leaders called the second continental congress in Philadelphia to debate their next argued for reconciliation with great Britain. Despite such differences, the Congress agreed to recognize the colonial militia as the continental Army an appointed George Washington as its commander
  • Olive Branch Petition

    Olive Branch Petition
    Congress sent the king the so-called Olive Branch Petition, urging a return to "the former harmony" between Britain and the colonies.
  • Declaration of Independence

    Declaration of Independence
    The main people which wrote the first document was John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, Roger Sherman, and Robert Livingston. The Declaration explains why the colonies should break away from Britain. It says that people have rights that cannot be taken away, lists the complaints against the king, and argues that the colonies have to be free to protect the colonists' rights. At the bottom of the document, the delegates signed their names. It was adopted on July 4, 1776
  • Redcoats push Washington's army across the Delaware River

    Redcoats push Washington's army across the Delaware River
    George Washington's crossing of the Delaware River, which occurred on the night of December 25–26, 1776, during the American Revolutionary War, was the first move in a surprise attack organized by George Washington against the Hessian (German mercenaries) forces in Trenton, New Jersey, on the morning of December 26.
  • Washington's christmas night surprise attack

    Washington's christmas night surprise attack
    During the American Revolution, Patriot General George Washington crosses the Delaware River with 5,400 troops, hoping to surprise a Hessian force celebrating Christmas at their winter quarters in Trenton, New Jersey. The unconventional attack came after several months of substantial defeats for Washington’s army that had resulted in the loss of New York City and other strategic points in the region.
  • valley Forge

    valley Forge
    Valley Forge functioned as the third of eight military encampments for the Continental Army's main body, commanded by General George Washington. In September 1777, British forces had captured the American capital of Philadelphia
  • Continental Army

    Continental Army
    The American Continental Army was formed in 1775 under the leadership of General George Washington in order to present a stronger front against the British. It took a few years, but the army evolved to a disciplined, strong force that won its first major victory at the Battle of Saratoga in 1777.
  • Saratoga

    he Battle of Saratoga, fought in two stages on September 19 and October 7, 1777, proved to be a turning point in the American struggle for independence. It also had a direct impact on the career of General George Washington. Without the victory at Saratoga, American forces would likely not have received critical assistance from the French, and faith in the war effort would have been weakened.
  • Loyalists and Patroits

    Patriots and Loyalists. The Revolutionary War split the people of the American colonies into two groups: the loyalists and the patriots. Patriots were people who wanted the American colonies to gain their independence from Britain. They wanted their own country called the United States.
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  • French American Alliance

    French American Alliance
    The Franco-American alliance was the 1778 alliance between the Kingdom of France and the United States during the American Revolutionary War. Formalized in the 1778 Treaty of Alliance, it was a military pact in which the French provided many supplies for the Americans.
  • British Victories in the South

    British Victories in the South
    General Clinton turned over British operations in the South to Lord Cornwallis. The Continental Congress dispatched General Horatio Gates, the victor of Saratoga, to the South with a new army, but Gates promptly suffered one of the worst defeats in U.S. military history at the Battle of Camden (August 16, 1780).
  • British surrender at Yorktown

    British surrender at Yorktown
    October 19, 1781
    America declared its independence in 1776, but it took another five years to win freedom from the British. That day came on October 19, 1781, when the British General Charles Cornwallis surrendered his troops in Yorktown, Virginia. General Cornwallis brought 8,000 British troops to Yorktown. They expected help from British ships sent from New York. The British ships never arrived. That was lucky for General George Washington and the Continental army.
  • Treaty of Paris

    Treaty of Paris
    The Treaty of Paris of 1783 ended the French and Indian War/Seven Years' War between Great Britain and France, as well as their respective allies. In the terms of the treaty, France gave up all its territories in mainland North America, effectively ending any foreign military threat to the British colonies there.