Long Road to Independence

Timeline created by Anna_brantley
In History
  • The Sugar Act

    The Sugar Act
    Although it reduced the tax on molasses, the Sugar Act was strictly enforced, so colonist ended up paying more taxes.
  • The Patriots

    Those who opposed the British taxes called themselves “Patriots” and the Sons of Liberty was born with Sam Adams as its leader.
  • The Stamp Act

    The Stamp Act was the tax on printed items was the first direct tax on the colonists. It added a fee to printed materials such as legal documents and newspapers.
  • The Quartering Act

    The Quartering Act
    Following the French and Indian War, Britain maintained a standing army in the colonies. The Quartering Act required colonial assemblies to house and provision soldiers.
  • Sons of Liberty

    Sons of Liberty
    A Mob led by the Sons of Liberty tore down the office and damaged the house of the stamp collector
  • The Declatory Act

    The Declatory Act repealed the Stamp Act but asserted Parliament’s right to rule the colonies as saw fit.
  • The Boston Massacre

    The Boston Massacre
    A group of colonist hurled snowballs and rocks at British soldiers guarding the Customs House. The soldiers fired into the crowd, killing five colonists.
  • Tea Act

    Tea Act
    The Tea Act was created to save the East India Tea Company. Although it lowered the price of tea, it gave the company a monopoly and threatened the business of colonial importers
  • Boston Tea Party

    Boston Tea Party
    Boston Patriots dressed as Indians, boarded three British ships laden with tea and Dumped the tea into the harbor. The event became known as the Boston Tea Party
  • The Intolerable Act

    The Intolerable Act officially called the Coercive Acts, these laws were meant to force Massachusetts to pay for the tea destroyed in the Boston Tea Party. The laws closed Boston Harbor and forced colonists to house British soldiers in their homes.
  • First Continental Congress

    The First Continental Congress meets. Agree to boycott British goods.
  • Olive Branch

    Congress sends an “Olive Branch” to King George III. He rejected the petition and sent more troops to Boston.
  • Give me Liberty or Give me Death

    Patrick Henry, gives his most famous speech, in the House of Burgesses. “Give me Liberty or give me Death”
  • Battles of Lexington and Concord

    Battles of Lexington and Concord
  • Second Continental Congress

    Second Continental Congress meets. Congress names George Washington commander of
    Continental Army
  • The Townsend Acts

    Import taxes on a variety of goods were collected to support royal officials in the colonies, removing the responsibility from the colonial assemblies. The Townsend Acts were so unpopular that all the taxes were repealed, except the one on tea.
  • Common Sense

    Common Sense
    Thomas Paine publishes Common Sense.
  • The Declaration of Independence

    Drafted by Thomas Jefferson, the Declaration of Independence was approved.
  • Baron Von Steuben

    Baron Von Steuben trains the Continental Army at Valley Forge, Penn.
  • Battle of Saratoga

    Patriots win in Saratoga.
  • Alliance with France

    France signs an alliance with the United State.s
  • Charleston, South Carolina

    General Clinton captures 3000 Patriot soldiers as he takes Charlestown, South Carolina.
  • Battle of Bunker Hill

    Battle of Bunker Hill
  • Yorktown

    Yorktown
    General Cornwallis surrenders at Yorktown
  • Treaty of Paris

    The Treaty of Paris is signed