American Revolution Timeline

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  • Navigation Acts

    Navigation Acts
    The acts were passed by parliament to manage colonial trade and manufacturing. However, they were not enforced, so smuggling was very common.
  • French and Indian War ends

    French and Indian War ends
    After the war, Britain was given huge gains of land with all of French Canada and rich islands in the Caribbean. This allowed them to control most of North America.
  • Stamp Act

    Stamp Act
    This act was created to set a tax on commercial and legal documents. The colonists were outraged by the tax and thought it was an "attack on their rights." It also led to the saying "no taxation without representation."
  • The Boston Massacre

    The Boston Massacre
    The protest from the Stamp Act led to British soldiers opening fire on colonists for throwing stones and snowballs at them. Five colonists were shot and killed during the incident.
  • Boston Tea Party

    Boston Tea Party
    To protest against the Tea Act, some colonists threw British tea into the Boston Harbor. Parliament passed laws against Massachusetts as a punishment which led to other colonies rallying with them.
  • Tea Act

    Tea Act
    The British Parliament passed this act to add a tax on imported tea and so the British East India Co. could sell there tea directly to the colonies. This meant that the British tea was cheaper so the colonists would by their tea instead. However, the colonists refused to buy the British tea because they did not want to give money to Britain's Government.
  • Coercive / Intolerable Act

    Coercive / Intolerable Act
    This was passed by parliament as a punishment to Massachusetts after the Boston Tea party.
  • The First Continental Congress

    The First Continental Congress
    Representatives from 12 of the colonies met in Philadelphia to discuss plans against Britain's harsh punishments towards Massachusetts.
  • Second Continental Congress

    Second Continental Congress
    A second continental congress was met to create an army for George Washington and prepare for war against Britain.
  • Lexington and Concord

    Lexington and Concord
    The predicament between the colonists and Britain led to war in Massachusetts at the battle of Lexington and Concord. These were the first shots fired in the American Revolution.
  • Declaration of Independence adopted

    Declaration of Independence adopted
    Congress voted to declare independence from Britain. Thomas Jefferson was set as the author for the Declaration of Independence.
  • The Battle of Saratoga

    The Battle of Saratoga
    The colonists defeated the British at Saratoga which influenced one of Britains rivals, France, to join with the colonists in the war.
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    The Winter at Valley Forge

    During the winter the American troops suffered from hunger, disease, and cold. However, this did not this did not stop George Washington from keeping him determined on winning. Photo:
  • The Battle of Yorktown

    The Battle of Yorktown
    With the help of the French, Britain was defeated which led to their war efforts to fall.
  • The U.S. Constitution

    The U.S. Constitution
    The constitution was mostly written based on the ideas of the Enlightenment. Many of the writers had the same ideas as John Locke. This document created a stable government that served the people instead of monarchy.