Cunningham, Bridget 1700-1800 Timeline

Timeline created by BridgetCunningham
In History
  • Yale

    A college was founded in Connecticut. Was later known as Yale.
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    The First Great Awakening

    George Whitfield preached around the colonies and made the colonists believe in a renewal of religious beliefs.
  • Currency Acts of 1751 and 1763

    The Currency Acts were enacted because the Board of Trade had to restrict the use of paper money.
  • Benjamin's Experiment

    Benjamin Franklin did his experiment with lightning and started his theories on electricity.
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    French and Indian War

    France and England went to war. English colonists fought against the French and both were supported by the Native Americans.
  • Sugar Act of 1764

    The Sugar Act was enacted to end the smuggling of sugar and molasses from the French and Dutch Indies. Also, the tax gave funds to the British army after the French and Indian War (1754- 1763).
  • Stamp Act

    This was the first direct tax on American colonists. Wills, newspapers, pamphlets, bills, licenses, almanacs, dice, and playing cards were taxed. Violators were tried and convicted in vice-admiralty courts.
  • Quartering Act

    Every colony was prepared to provide soldiers stationed within the borders their basic needs. The colonists had to gather the money to pay for the soldiers' basic needs.
  • Townshend Acts of 1767 and 1768

    The acts were meant to be an effective way of making colonists comply with trade regulations. Also, the acts raised revenue to pay the salaries of governors and judges so they remained loyal to the Crown.
  • Boston Massacre

    It was a cold winter day when British soldiers were patrolling the streets. Five Bostonians and two boys died from gunshots. John Adams represented the soldiers and blamed the mob for the incident. In the end, the jury agreed.
  • Tea Act

    This act was not enacted for profits, but the money was given to the East India Company. It was not boycotted, but the tea was destroyed or sent back to England.
  • Boston Tea Party

    Bostonians did not want the tea to be unlocked. 30-130 men dumped tea into sea.
  • First Continental Congress

    56 delegates attended. The congress was structured to emphasize the equality of participants and to promote free debate.
  • Second Continental Congress

    The congress formed the Continental Army. George Washington led the army. The Olive Branch Petition hoped to avoid war.
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    American Revolutionary War

    America fights for independence from the Crown. America wins and is an independent country.
  • Thomas Paine's "Common Sense"

    "Common Sense" challenge the authority of the British government. This work was the first one to ask for Independence from Great Britain. King George III declared the colonies to be in a state of rebellion. In 1775-1776, the British evacuate Boston.
  • Battle of Saratoga

    During this battle, the British surrender. This is important because the French recognized the independence of the United States. King George III said he would end the war on terms demanded in July of 1776.
  • First President

    The first presidential election took place and George Washington became the first president of the United States.