American Revolution Timeline

  • Navigation Acts

    Navigation Acts
    This act was passed by British parliament which gave them control to regulate trade and manufacturing in the colonies. This was not heavily enforced which caused lots of smuggling and not considered a crime by colonist.
  • French and Indian War

    French and Indian War
    This war provided the British, who had allied with the Native Americans, to fight the French for ground in North America. This war lasted from 1754-1763 and eventually ended with the Treaty of Paris which ended fighting worldwide for the time being.
  • Stamp Act

    Stamp Act
    This act was passed by British parliament which stated that there was taxes on all commercial and legal documents. This act was eventually removed.
  • Boston Massacre

    Boston Massacre
    Colonists where throwing snowballs and rocks at British troops and the troops then turned around and killed 5 protesters/ colonists. This caused extreme tension between British and colonist and kick started the American Revolution.
  • Tea Act

    Tea Act
    This act was passed by British Parliament which allowed the British East India CO to monopolize the British tea imports. A lot of member of parliament held shares in this company. This also allowed the company to see directly to colonist with out the colonial middleman which lead to cheaper tea.
  • Boston Tea Party

    Boston Tea Party
    Colonist dumped tea into the harbor to protest the the tea tax that British parliament had passed. This caused parliament to pass harsh laws to punish Massachusetts
  • Coercive/ Intolerable Acts

    Coercive/ Intolerable Acts
    These acts consisted of the Port Bill which closed all Boston ports until they where compensated for the tea they spilled during the Boston Tea Party. The second was the quarter act which allowed soldiers could stay at your house and eat your food whenever they pleased. The third act was the Administrative of Justice which had any British official be tried in England instead of the 13 colonies.
  • First Continental Congress

    First Continental Congress
    Out of the 13 colonies 12 came to this meeting (excluding George Washington) in Philly in 1774. They gathered to decide what to do about the harsh laws passed on Massachusetts following the Boston Tea Party. From the 12 colonies 55 delegates attended and each colony represented had one vote.
  • Second Continental Congress

    Second Continental Congress
    They had came up with the Olive Branch Treaty as a last ditch effort to being peace. This failed and the Congress voted to become independent in 1776.
  • Lexington and Concord

    Lexington and Concord
    “ The shot heard around the world”. British vrs colonist. Colonist lost but showed the British parliament that they would not buy up with unjust behavior and/or laws. The first military conflicts of the American revolution.
  • Declaration of Independence Adopted

    Declaration of Independence  Adopted
    The Declaration of Independence was written mostly by Thomas Jefferson to state that the United States was separating from British bin 1776. On July 4, 1776 American leaders signed making it official.
  • Winter in Valley Forge

    Winter in Valley Forge
    This hard winter at valley forge lasted the winter months of 1777-1778 during the American Revolution. These soilders faced cold, hunger, and disease. George Washington ( who was head commander) stayed strong for his troops and eventually made it out of winter.
  • Battle of Saratoga

    Battle of Saratoga
    This battle was fought between colonist and British. The colonist won and this caused France to offer desperately needed supplies and military assistance.
  • Battle of Yorktown

    Battle of Yorktown
    Yorktown was seized by British army after French/ American were forced to surrender. This war went on for less than a month. This caused the Treaty of Paris to be signed virtually ending all fighting.
  • U.S.A Constitution Written

    U.S.A Constitution Written
    The nations leaders gathered to create new fundamental law and government for the next 200 years after Articles of Confederation were to week to rule a nation. It’s was mainly written by James Madison but people like George Washington and Benjamin Franklin.
  • United Stats Constitution Adopted

    United Stats Constitution Adopted
    On June 21, 1778 the United States Constitution was officially put into places as the framework for government.