Constitutional Timeline

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  • Proclomation of 1763

    In an attempt to control relations with the Native Americans, the Parliament introduced the Proclamation of 1763 that stated the colonists were not allowed to settle west of the Appalachian Mountains.
  • Sugar Act Passed

    Act passed by Parliament that increased tax on foreign items sent to the colonies.
  • Curency Act Passed

    Act passed by Parliament that stated that the colonies could no longer use paper money.
  • Stamp Act Passed

    An act from Britain to try to control the colonies, and an attempt to repay some of it's debt. Said that there would be tax on paper, envelopes, stamps, and pretty much anything involved in sending a letter.
  • Quartering Act Passed

    Act passed by Parliament stating that the colonial Gov't had to provide housing and supplies to the British troops in the colonies.
  • Parliment Repeals Stamp Act

    The British Parliament repealed the Samp Act March 17, 1766 because colonial boycotts of British goods were ruining the economy.
  • Declaratory Act Passed

    After the repeal of the Stamp Act, just to show that Britain still had authority it declared it through the Declaratory Act.
  • Townshend Revenue Acts Passed

    Acts produced by Parliament to pay Governors, judges, and other officials so the colonies would not have control over their Gov’t, to help make the colonies better comply with trade regulations, and to show that Parliament could and would tax the colonies.
  • British Troops Occupy Boston

    The Red Coats seized Boston in the year 1768 because the House of Representatives in Massachusetts tried to create a movement so the British Parliament would repeal the newly introduced Townshend Acts.
  • Boston Massacre

    The occupation of Boston angered the colonists deeply. They began to constantly heckle the red coats. And on the night of March 5, 1770 a group of hecklers began to throw snow/ice balls at the soldiers. The red coats felt that they were in danger, and eventually a few shots were fired from British muskets. This resulted in the deaths of 5 colonists.
  • Townshend Revenue Acts Repealed

    The Boston Massacre almost pushed the colonists to the edge of hatred of Britain. In an attempt to help calm the colonists down the British Parliament repealed one of the main causes of all this hatred, the Townshend Acts.
  • Boston Tea Party

    In an attempt to show that Parliament could tax the colonies, they decided to keep the tax on tea after abolishing the Townshend Acts. The colonists decided instead of paying the tax they would tell the ships to go back with the tea, and without pay. But just before the message was delivered to the ships, a group of colonists dressed up as Native Americans snuck on to the ships and poured all the tea into the harbor.
  • Boston Port Act Passed

    After the Boston Tea Party, an act by the British Parliament to try to show authority over the colonies, they closed off the Port of Boston, and patrolled the entrance with some of Britain's Naval ships until the colonies paid the money owed to Britain, and to the East India Company.
  • Intolerable/Coercive Acts Passed

    These were also acts passed by Parliament as a result of the Boston Tea Party. The Parliament felt that they must maintain control over it's colonies, otherwise it might result in independence. They tried to make the colonists obey, and pay taxes, and follow laws.
  • First Continental Congress formed

    As a result of the Intolerable Acts crippling the colonies economy, the First Continental Colonists was formed. They attempted to create plans to help stable the economy, try to get Britain to repeal some of these ridiculous acts, and to help think about the future of the colonies.
  • Battles of Lexington and Concord

    The two parties of the colonies and Britain were just two bulls butting heads, and eventually this lead to war. The Battles of Lexington and Concord were the first battles of the American Revolution. This was a result of Britain trying to arrest two colonial leaders who supported the revolution, and the colonial militia, and the Massachusetts minute men stopping and forcing the British troops to retreat.
  • Scond Continental Congress Formed

    This Second Continental Congress was formed to help manage the colonial effort in the American Revolution, and to succeed the First Continental Congress. Also it helped to plan the future of the colonies.
  • Battle of Bunker Hill/Battle of Breed's Hill

    This was an important battle of the Revolution. It showed that even though the colonists lost, that they could hold their own against the greatest Army in the entire world.
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    Olive Branch Petition Timespan-From Time sent to Time Denied

    The Olive Branch petition was a final attempt by the colonists for peace. The Second Continental Congress was trying to avoid full out war with the greatest nation in the world at the time. On September 2, 1775 the Congress found out that King George III and the Parliment had denied the colonies final act of peace. It bacame official, the colonies were at war with Britain.
  • U.S. Declares Independence

    In 1776 the Second Continental Congress met to draft a declaration of independence. On July 4 the Colonies officially declared independence from Britain with the Declaration of Independence. Now we celebrate Independence Day every year on July 4.
  • Ratification of the Articles of Confederation

    First offical form of Gov't that united the 13 states.
  • Battle of Yorktown

    US defeated Lord Cornwallis and his Army on the Yorktown Peninsula. This was the last major Battle of the Revolutionary War, and proved one of the biggest American Victories in the entire war.
  • Signing of the Treaty of Paris

    Ended the war, earned the US it's final independence from Britain. It also established British recognition of her 13 colonies. And it established the boundaries for North America.
  • Constitution Officially Adopted

    On September 17, 1787 the U.S. Constitution became the officially abiding document of the U.S. and the written form of Gov't in the U.S. and basically became the law of the land.