Boston Tea Party 12/16/1773

  • Boston Harbor

    Caused problems for loyalists / Tories
    - Loyalist/Toy = a person in the Colony who remains "loyal" to the king & Great Britain
  • First Continental Congress Meet

    All colonies but Georgia have representatives
    Voted to send a "statement of grievances"
    Voted to Boycott all British Trade
    Patrick Henry - VA rep. Urged colonists to unite against Britain
  • 1,000's of Redcoats in Boston

    General Gage brings thousands of British soldiers to Boston with more on the way
  • Battles of Lexington & Concord

    Battle of Lexington -
    -1st battle of American Revolutionary War
    - "shot heard around the world" -Ralph Waldo Emerson
    - BRITISH Victory
    Battle of Concord -
    - Americans Stop British and force them to retreat back to Boston
    - AMERICAN Victory
  • Midnight ride of Paul Revere

    Paul Revere rides to warn the Sons of liberty in Lexington and Concord the "British are coming... The British are coming
  • Capture of Fort Ticonderoga

    Benedict Arnold & Ethan Allen capture the fort
    Get all supplies in the fort including cannons
    AMERICAN Vitory
  • Distinguished Leader

    Print $$$$
    Set up post office
    Created Continental Army led by George Washington
    Sent Olive Branch asking King to protect their rights
    -- King hires 30,000 Hessian Soldiers in response
  • Battle of Bunker Hill

    Fought on Breed's Hill.
    "Don't Fire until you see the whites of their eyes" - William Prescott.
    BRITISH Victory ( Americans ran out if ammunition ) British learn defeating Americans would NOT be easy.
  • Washington arrives on outskirts of Boston with Continental troops

    Realizes men are disorganized & need discipline
    Need weapons
  • "Common Sense" published by Thomas Pain

    Pamphlet inspires more colonists to become patriots
    "Every thing that is right or reasonable pleads for separation. The blood of the slain, the weeping voice of nature cries, 'TIS TIME TO PART" - Thomas Paine, Common Sense
  • British Surrender Boston

    Washington believes his army is ready & weapons arrive
    Washington put cannons on Dorchester Heights overlooking Boston
    BRITISH retreat --- AMERICAN Victory
  • Second Continental Congress meet again

    Debate declaring independence
    Thomas Jefferson is the primary author of the document
  • Second Continental Congress votes for Independence

    All 13 colonies vote YES on declaring independence