Events of the Revolution

  • Boston Tea Party

    Boston Tea Party
    A group of 30-130 American men dressed as Mohawk Indians boarded British East India Tea ships and dumped all of the tea into the Boston harbor.
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  • Intolerable Acts

    Intolerable Acts
    A series of laws passed by British Parliament. 4 of the acts were a direct response to the Boston Tea Party. The colonists created the 1st continental congress to organize protests against the acts
  • The Battles of Lexington & Concord

    The Battles of Lexington & Concord
    First military engagements of the Revolutionary War.
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    During the war

  • Second Continental Congress

    Second Continental Congress
    Started meeting on May 10th 1775, succeeded the 1st constitutional congress, managed the colonial war effort, and adopted the Declaration of Independence on July 4th 1775.
  • Declaration of Independence

    Declaration of Independence
    Adopted by the 2nd continental congress. Announced that the 13 colonies were independent states.
  • The Battle of Saratoga

    The Battle of Saratoga
    Americans force British General Burgoyne to surrender, turning point of the war.
  • Articles of Confederation

    Articles of Confederation
    Agreement by the 13 states that legally established the United States of America as a confederation of sovereign states, served as its first constitution.
  • The Battle of Yorktown

    The Battle of Yorktown
    Combined assault by American General George Washington and French Comte de Rochambeau, British Lieutenant General Cornwallis surrenders, end of the American Revolution.
  • Shays' Rebellion

    Shays' Rebellion
    Armed rebellion that took place in central and western Massachusetts. It lasted until July of 1787. Happened because of financial difficulties brought about by a post-war economic depression, a credit squeeze caused by a lack of hard currency, and fiscally harsh government policies instituted in 1785 to solve the state's debt problems.
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  • Philadelphia Convention

    Philadelphia Convention
    Lasted until September 17, 1787. The convention resulted in the creation of the United States Constitution. Delegates elected George Washintgon to lead the convention.