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American Revolution Timeline

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    French and Indian War

    Also known as the Seven Years War, the French and Indian War was a massive conflict between Great Britian, France, and the Indians. France was starting to claim more land up to the Ohio River, and this was sparking conflict with Great Britian. Britian was trying to fight back, but the Indians sided with France because they were also against Great Britian. Britian officially declared war in 1756, which was the official start of the French and Indian war. (There are no exact dates)
  • The Proclamation of 1763

    The Proclamation of 1763
    The Proclamation was a document written by the British King shortly after the French and Indian War. The Proclamation was written to calm the Indians by telling the colonies that they were not allowed to expand west of the Appalachian Mountains. This meant only authorized traders were allowed onto Indian land.
  • The Sugar Act

    The Sugar Act
    The Sugar Act is an act the Parliament passed that modified the Sugar and Mollasses Act from 1733. The Sugar Act made English products cheaper than products from the French West, but created taxes for sugar, coffee, wine, and much more.
  • The Currency Act

    The Currency Act
    The colonists had no gold or silver mines, meaning they could only trade though Great Britian. Due to this, they started to use a bill system. This allowed colonists to trade between each other. The Parliament did not like this, so they passed the Currency Act to regain control of the currency system. They prohibited creating new bills and said that the public must use hard currency. The colonists were furious about not being able to use the bill system.
  • The Stamp Act

    The Stamp Act
    The Stamp Act was an act passed by the British Parliament that taxed everything printed on paper. This included stamps, paper, playing cards, and more.
  • The Quartering Act

    The Quartering Act
    The Quartering Act was an act passed by the British Parliament stating that all of the colonists had to provide housing, food, and anything else needed for the British Soldiers.
  • The Declaratory Act

    The Declaratory Act
    The Declaratory Act was an act that stopped the Stamp Act and lessened the taxes from the Sugar Act.
  • Townshed Revenue Act

    Townshed Revenue Act
    The Townshed Revenue Act created taxes on British goods such as paper, glass, tea, paint, and lead.
  • Boston Massacre

    Boston Massacre
    The Boston Massacre was a fight that occurred on the streets of Boston between a mob of Patriots and a group of British Soldiers. This fight was caused when British soldiers entered Boston without permission. It resulted in the deaths of five colonists.
  • Boston Tea Party

    Boston Tea Party
    The sugar and tea taxes were some of the only taxes still being collected, and the colonists were not happy about it. The governor allowed three ships carrying tea to enter into the Boston Harbor. Before the ships could sell the tea, the colonists ran onto the ship dressed like native Americans and threw 342 chests of tea over board and into the harbor. There was almost a million dollars in damage. A person who played a huge role in planing out the Boston Tea Party was Sam Adams.
  • Boston Port Act

    Boston Port Act
    The Boston Port Act was an act from the British Parliament in response to the Boston Tea Party. The act discontinued the use of the Boston Port. They did this by building up a huge bariccade that blocked ships from entering and exiting the Boston Harbor.
  • Administration of Justice Act

    Administration of Justice Act
    The Administration of Justice Act was another of the intolerable acts that accured after the Boston Tea Party. This suspended Massachusetts from having a self-run government. It also called for rebellious colonists who took part in the Boston Tea Party to be sent to another colony or to Great Britian to have a trial.
  • Massachusetts Government Act

    Massachusetts Government Act
    The Massachusetts Government Act is another intolerable act that followed the Boston Tea Party. This act ended the Massachussetts constitution and forbid the people of Massachusetts from voting for their town official. It also limited the amount of town meetings they where permitted to have.
  • The Quartering Act of 1774

    The Quartering Act of 1774
    The Quartering Act of 1774 was another intolerable act following the Boston Tea Party. This act gave the government the ability to make arrangements for where the British military would stay. This meant that the goverment had control, not the colonists. The colonists could no longer refuse to house soldiers.
  • Quebec Act

    Quebec Act
    The Quebec Act was another intolerable act that was made to expand the boundaries of the colony Quebec. This also promised Canadian Catholic people religious freedom.
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    First Continental Congress

    The First Continental Congress was a meeting held in Carpenders Hall in Phileidalphia, Pensylvania. Twelve of the thirteen colonies (all except for Georgia) sent elected delegates to meet. Everyone wanted different things, like to make up with Britian, while some wanted to become one away from Britian. Though there was a lot of debating, they came to some agreements like having a pact to not import goods from Britian.
  • Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death Speech

    Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death Speech
    On March 23, 1775 delegate Patrick Henry gave a very famous speech titled, "Give Me LIberty, or Give Me Death". This speech helped convince the goverment that Virgina needed to send troops for the revolutionary war.
  • The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere

    The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere
    The famous ride with Paul Revere was a midnight horse back ride through the town of Boston. Paul was warning the towns people that the British armies were on a march heading twards Lexington and Concord.
  • Battles of Lexington and Concord

    Battles of Lexington and Concord
    The Battles of Lexington and Concord were the start of the revolutionary war. As the minutemen heard about the British, they attempted to intercept them. At the feild of Lexington, the two groups confronted eachother and the battle began. At the end of the battle, eight minutemen were killed and nine where ingured, while only one British soldier was ingured. The British kept going until they arived in Concord, where many minutemen were waiting. But after this battle, the British retreated.
  • Second Contenental Congress

    Second Contenental Congress
    The Second Contenental Congress was the second congress meeting in Philedalphia between the elected delegates from all thirteen colonies. (Now Georgia had a delegate they sent.) This meeting accured shortly after the war started.
  • John Hancock Becomes President

    John Hancock Becomes President
    In May of 1775, John Hancock was elected president of the continental congress.
  • Name George Washington Commander in Cheif

    Name George Washington Commander in Cheif
    On June 15, the contenental congress named George Washington Commander in Cheir of the Continental Army. They chose George because of his leadership skills and military background.
  • Battle of Bunker Hill

    Battle of Bunker Hill
    Early in the war came the Battle of Bunker Hill, which occured in Massachesetts. Though the colonists lost, they took a lot of British lives and proved that they were not going to go down easy both to themseves and to Britian.
  • Americans Under Benedict Arnold Fail To Seize Quebec

    Americans Under Benedict Arnold Fail To Seize Quebec
    On January 31, 1775 the patriot toops under the lead of Benedict Arnold attempted to take over Quebec. This means that the British would no longer rule Quebec and it would become American. This was the first really bad defeat the Americans faced in the war.
  • Abigail Adams Letter

    Abigail Adams Letter
    Abigail Adams wrote a letter dates March 31, 1776 telling him to remember the ladies while in the congress meeting. This means she wanted them to allow more womens rights.
  • Congress Adopts Delcoration

    Congress Adopts Delcoration
    On July 4, 1776 the Congress adopted the Decloration of Independence and has it send to the printer. The Declotation was written by Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, Roger Sherman, John Adams, and Robert R. Livingstrong.
  • Hessians Capture Fort Washington, New York

    Hessians Capture Fort Washington, New York
    Hessians where Germans that where brought in by the British goverment to work for their military. The captured some of the colonists land in Fort Washington, New York.
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    Battles of Saragota

    In the battles of Saragota, the Americans beat the British and caused a maijor army to resign, restoring the colonists hope for freedom. This battle was a turning point in the war for the Americans.
  • America and France Sign the French Alliance

    America and France Sign the French Alliance
    France and the United States signed thie French alliance to form an alliance that would work together to defeat England. America would get freedom and France would get revenge.
  • Articles of Confederation Adopted

    Articles of Confederation Adopted
    The Articles of Confederation was a document adopted by the Continental Congress that served as the first United States constitution.
  • Battle of Yorktown

    Battle of Yorktown
    The Battle of Yorktown was yet another battle that happened between Great Britian and the Colonies. The battle took place in Yorktown, Virginia. After the United States won the battle, the British surrendered and the revolutionany war was almost over.
  • Treaty of Paris

    Treaty of Paris
    The Treaty of Paris was the official document marking the end of the Revolutionary war. The document was signed by King George the third and elected Americans.
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    Constitutional Convention

    The constitutional convention was a meeting between the delegates, where the founding fathers wrote the constitution. The members of the founding wathers were John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Alexandar Hamilton, John Jay, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and George Washington. The Founding Fathers were mainly influenced by English pholosopher John Locke. Another person who influenced the constitution was French writer and lawyer Charles Montesquieu.
  • US Constitution Signed

    US Constitution Signed
    On September 17, 1787 the United States constitution written during the Philidalphia Convention was signed.
  • George Washington Becomes President

    George Washington Becomes President
    In 1789 George Washington became the first president in the history of the United States of America. This also ment that Martha Washington became the first lady in the United States history.