Key Events Leading to American Independence

  • Stamp Act Congress

    Stamp Act Congress
    A tax on printed materials (legal documents, magazines, newspapers, etc.) imposed by the British Parliament on the American colonies.
  • Townshend Acts

    Townshend Acts
    A series of laws that placed new taxes on glass, lead, paints, paper, and tea.
  • Boston Massacre

    Boston Massacre
    A result of the growing tension from the tax acts which led to an uprising where British troops killed 5 colonists and injured 6 more.
  • Boston Tea Party

    Boston Tea Party
    Colonists, dressed as Native Americans, boycotted tea exports by dumping it into the Boston Harbor.
  • First Continental Congress

    First Continental Congress
    A convention of colonial delegates that met in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to discuss the problems with the new acts.
  • Second Continental Congress Called

    Second Continental Congress Called
    A convention of colonial delegates that met to discuss declaring independence from Great Britain.
  • Declaration of Independence

    Declaration of Independence
    The document signed that declared the American colonies independent from Great Britain.
  • Articles of Confederation Passed

    Articles of Confederation Passed
    Orignally drafted in 1777, the Articles of Confederation were a way for the new Confederation to govern and conduct the war against England. It was the first "Constitution" of the United States.
  • Treaty of Paris

    Treaty of Paris
    Signed by U.S. and British Representatives to end the American Revolution.