Surrender of lord cornwallis canvas john laurens 1820

American Revolutionary War

  • 1754 - 1763 The French and Indian War

    1754 - 1763 The French and Indian War
    The final colonial war. It was a 7 year battle, involving Austria, Prussia, Sweden, England, France, and Great Britain. This war caused tensions to rise and it was the start to the revolutionary war.
  • June 19 - July 11 The Albany Congress

    June 19 - July 11 The Albany Congress
    The Albany congress is when representatives form all seven colonies met with 150 Iroquois Chiefs in Albany, New York. The purposes were to secure and support the Iroquois in fighting the french as well as to form a colonial alliance based on a design by Benjamin Franklin.
  • Proclamation of 1763

    Proclamation of 1763
    The proclamation closed off the frontier to colonial expansion. The proclamation also established four new colonies. But most of the proclamation is devoted to the subject of Indian land.
  • 1764 The Sugar Act

    1764 The Sugar Act
    The Sugar act reduced the tax on molasses from six pence to 3 pence per gallon and it was strictly enforced. The act also made more foreign good taxed such as sugar, wines, coffee, and pimiento. The enforced tax on molasses caused an almost immediate in the rum produce in the colonies. The Sugar Act reduced trade with Madeira, the Azores, the Canary islands, and the French indies.
  • 1764 The Currency Act

    The Currency Act was to assume the control of the colonial currency system. The act prohibited the issue of any new bills and the reissue of the existing currency. The parliament like the hard currency system based on the pound sterling, but it was not inclined to regulate the colonial bills. So they abolished them. This caused a shortage in trade with Great Britain.
  • 1765 The Stamp Act

    It applied certain stamp duties as well as other duties. It wanted to defray the expenses of protecting, defending and securing the same. It added penalty and recovered them.
  • 1765 Patrick Henry " If this be treason, make the most of it"!

    Patrick was attacking the stamp act and the parliaments authority the tax the colonies. He suggested that King George III risked Julius Ceasers if he discarded American Liberty.
  • 1765 The Quartering Act

    An act to amend and render more effectual dominions in America. The act was to punish mutiny and desertion and for the better pay for army and their headquarters. It was basically so that they could put British soldiers in barracks provided by the colonies and if they were to small they would move to a nearby hotel, or a bigger house.
  • 1765 Virginia Stamp Act Resolution

    The resolutions was a series of resolutions passed by the Virginia House of Burgess in response to the Stamp Act which imposed tax on the British colonies in North America that required many printed things in the colonies produced on stamped paper produced in London. The Act helped Great Britain pay off some of its debt form previous wars.
  • 1767 The Townshend Revenue Act

    An act for granting certain duties in the British colonies and plantations in America, for allowing a drawback of the duties of customs upon the exportation from this kingdom, of coffee and cocoa nuts of the produce of the said colonies or plantations, for discontinuing the drawbacks payable on china earthen were exported to America and for more effectually preventing the clandestine running of goods in the said colonies and plantations.
  • 1770 Boston Massacre

    The Boston Massacre was a confrontation on March 5, 1770 in which British soldiers shot and killed several people while being harassed by a mob in Boston. The event was heavily publicized by leading Patriots such as Paul Revere and Samuel Adams.
  • 1773 The Tea Act

    It was an act of the Great Britain Parliament. It was to reduce the massive amount of tea held by the financially troubled British East India company in its London warehouses and help the struggling company survive.
  • 1773 Boston Tea Party

    It was a protest by the Sons of Liberty in Massachusetts. The reason they protested was because the British company wanted to encourage tax payment on tea so that the company could get more money and so on a cold December night people stormed onto the 3 ships carrying the tea and dumped it all into the Boston Harbor.
  • 1775 Patrick Henrys " Give me liberty or Give my Death" speech.

    He said this because he demanded liberty and he talked about slavery, and about how the war has begun he said if he doesn't revive liberty he will choose death.
  • 1776 The Virginia Deceleration of Rights

    This was a declaration which stated all the of the rights that pertained to them and their posterity, and also stated the basis and foundation of a government.
  • 1776 The Declaration of Independence

    The United States Declaration of Independence is the pronouncement adopted by the Second Continental Congress meeting in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on July 4, 1776.
  • 1777 Paoli Massacre

    This was when Charles Grey unexpectedly attacked an unready American camp the leader of the camp told all of the soldiers to take all the flint out of their guns that night. So they were defenseless and the British stabbed or burned anyone who would surrender. 53 Americans were killed and 100 wounded in the lighting raid. For the rest of the war British troops feared that Wayne's troops would try to avenge the Paoli Massacre.
  • 1778 The French Alliance

    The treaty provided for a defensive alliance to aid France should England attack, and that neither France nor the United States would make peace with England until the independence of the United States was recognized. The knowledge of the Alliance came to Washington on May Day, 1778.
  • 1783 The United States and Great Britain Sign a Peace Treaty

    This treaty was signed in Paris by King George III and American representatives which officially ended the Revolutionary War.
  • 1783 Washington Resigns as the Commander

    George Washington Resigned as the Commander of the Continental Army. After being the commander in 1775.
  • 1787 The Constitution for The United States was Signed.

    We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.
  • 1788 New Hampshire Signed the U.S. Constitution.

    New Hampshire became the ninth state to accept the Constitution on June 21, 1788, which officially ended government under the Articles of Confederation. It was not until May 29, 1790, that the last state, Rhode Island, finally ratified the Constitution.