American Revolutionary timeline

By nick15
  • french and Indian war

    french and Indian war
    It first started on a rich Ohio river valley when the french built a fort on what Great Britain thought was their land and a war broke out. tensions began to rise with colonist getting killed with out their government helping them.
  • Treaty of Paris

    Treaty of Paris
    It was signed with the end of the French and Indian war. It made it so that the British have control over territories east of the Mississippi river,almost all of Canada and they get Florida from Spain.
  • proclamation of 1763

    proclamation of 1763
    colonist were not allowed to settle west of the Appalachian mountains many colonist decided it was to crowded and ignored the proclamation. this made it difficult for the government to protect them.
  • sugar act

    sugar act
    It placed duties on certain product that haven't been taxed before, It made it so that violators will be judged by a single judge rather than by their colonist peers. they were able to search peoples houses suspected of smuggling or not suspected. colonist were angry because of all the profit they will lose and parliament had no right to tax them.
  • stamp act

    stamp act
    the stamp act taxed paper, letters, documents, wills, news papers, and playing cards. this is the first tax that affected the colonist directly. colonist began to get angry at this. colonist start to protest British goods and harass stamp distributors
  • sons of liberty

    sons of liberty
    the sons of liberty was made up of Boston shopkeepers, artisans, and laborers to protest unfair taxing. after getting many other colonies to help protest and parliament repealed the tax.
  • declaratory act

    declaratory act
    this act made it so that parliament can make laws and tax the colonies. the made the colonist very angry.
  • Townshend act

    Townshend act
    This act passed by parliament put a tax on anything imported from Britain like lead, glass, paint, and paper. Colonist began to protest British goods. colonist also protest "taxation without representation". The Townshend act was eventually repealed because it costed more to enforce it than what the tax was bringing in.
  • John Locke's social contract

    John Locke's social contract
    He stated that people have natural rights to life, liberty, and property. John Locke also stated that every society has a social contract with the government that they will protect those natural rights and that if the government doesn't protect their rights they have a reason to resist.
  • Boston massacre

    Boston massacre
    a mob gathered outside a Boston customs house and taunted the British soldiers standing guard there. shots were fired 5 people were either dead or badly wounded. colonist put up posters of what had happen.
  • tea act

    tea act
    this act let the British East India company to sell to the colonies directly without taxes but colonies had to pay taxes for tea already in the colonies this would put many merchants in the colonies out of business. this made many merchants that sold tea very angry
  • Boston tea party

    Boston tea party
    This was the colonist response to the tea act. The colonist rebels dressed as Indians at night went onto a ship that brought British tea over and dumped it into the ocean. They dropped 18,000 pounds of tea into the river.
  • Intolerable acts

    Intolerable acts
    It shut down Boston harbor, it made it so that British commanders to house soldiers in vacant private homes, and the third was that British commander-in-chief was appointed governor and Boston was put under marshal law.
  • first continental congress meeting

    first continental congress meeting
    56 delegates met each other in Philadelphia to discus colonial rights. they decided that it was the colonies right to run their own affairs and when the British soldiers use force colonist should fight back.
  • minutemen

    civilians that have sworn to be ready to fight the British within a minute notice.
  • second continental congress

    second continental congress
    There were many arguments with each other over whether reconcile with the British or to call for Independence. They all called for George Washington to be the leader of the continental army.
  • continental army

    continental army
    this is the colonies army to fight the British It was called this at the second continental congress.
  • battle of lexington

    battle of lexington
    the minutemen were warned by Paul Revere and other messengers, the "redcoats" were intercepted by the minutemen 5 miles short of concord the battle lasted 15 minutes. The redcoats won that battle.
  • Battle of concord

    Battle of concord
    when the troops got to concord all the weapons were gone and so they marched back. on their way back they were ambushed by many more minute men the soldiers were massacred by the colonist and easily became enemies of the British
  • Battle of Bunker Hill

    Battle of Bunker Hill
    British general Thomas Gage decided to attack militiamen at Breeds hill he sent 2,400 troops up there when they got their the troops. the militiamen waited till the last moment to shoot and attack when the war was finished the militiamen retreated the ,militiamen suffered 450 casualties while the ?British suffered 1,000 casualties.
  • olive branch petition

    olive branch petition
    this was a document the congress wrote that wanted the colonies to return to former harmony with the British. the king rejected it and he stated that the colonist are were rebellious and parliament ordered a blockade to isolate the colonies.
  • publication of common sense

    publication of common sense
    was written by Thomas Paine It attacked king George by saying it would be better for America to be free of tyranny and that it would be easier to trade.
  • loyalist and patriots

    loyalist and patriots
    loyalist were people that were still loyal to the crown and did not want independence from Britain. many loyalist didn't want to be accused as rebels and wanted to avoid punishment if Britain wins. patriots are people that wanted independence from great Britain because of the political and economical opportunity.
  • Declaration of independance

    Declaration of independance
    was written by Thomas Jefferson and included three unalienable rights life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, governments limited power had to be consented by the people. It also stated that all men are created equal. It was adopted July 4 1776
  • Delaware River

    Delaware River
    Washington pushed his troops across the Delaware, Christmas night to march to Trenton New Jersey and defeated a garrison of hessians.
  • saratoga

    his Idea was that more troops would help back him up but then the soldiers were preoccupied with Philadelphia that they didn't have enough troops to fight off the patriots and they ended up surrendering.
  • French-American Alliance

    French-American Alliance
    after the war at Saratoga the French and the Americans allied. The British surrender proved to the French that Americans can win a war and that they have a chance to win the war.
  • Vally Forge

    Vally Forge
    foreign soldiers and general like Friedrich von Steuben and marquis de Lafayette trained patriot troops to fight with help of the military leaders they became a strong military force.
  • British surrender at yorktown

    British surrender at yorktown
    the British forces have been bombarded by over 17,000 French and Americans. they attacked them for days and nights. In less than a month the British surrendered. The Americans surprised the whole world when they won.
  • treaty of paris

    treaty of paris
    this confirmed the U.S. independence from Great Britain and set new boundaries for the U.S. and France.