Revolutionary Era Timeline

  • Proclamation of 1763

    To limit settlement in North America Britain issued the Proclomation of 1763. The Proclomation prohibited colonists from moving west of the Appalachian Mountains.
  • Sugar Act

    Parliament passes the Sugar Act. The act lowered the tax on molasses imported by the colonists. Greenville hoped the lower tax would convince the colonists to pay the tax instead of smuggling.
  • Stamp Act

    The Stamp Act placed a tax on alomost all printed material in the colonies. All printed material had to have a stamp, which was applied by British officers.
  • Townshend Acts

    The British leaders tried to avoid some of the problems the Stamp Act caused. the new taxes applied only to imported goods. The goods taxed were basic everyday items. By now the colonists were outraged.
  • Boston Massacre

    Angry colonists move through the streets picking up any weapon they could find to throw at soldiers. After one soldier was knocked down the soldiers fired killing five colonists.
  • Samuel Adams Revives Committee of Correspondence

    The Committee of Correspondence was earlier used in protests. The committee circulated writings about colonists' grievances against Britain. Soon other committees of correspondence sprang up throughout the colonies.
  • Boston Tea Party

    Three tea ships arrived in Boston Harbor late in 1773. Agroup of men disguised as mohawks and armed with hatchets marched to the wharves. At midnight they boarded the ships and threw 342 chests of tea overboard.
  • Intolerable Act

    When new of the Boston Tea Party reached London the King passed the Coercive Acts that were very harsh laws that were to punish the people of Massachusetts. It closed the Boston Harbor until ruined tea was paid for. The acts took away many rights from the colonists like banning town meetings. London also forced clonists to shelter soldiers in their homes.
  • Battles of Lexington and Concord

    At dawn redcoats arrive at Lexington and encounter 70 minutemen led by Captain John Parker. When the ifghtin was over eight minutemen lay dead. When the British arrive at concord the gunpowder had already been moved. At the North Bridge minutemen were already waiting. All the road from Concord to Boston people hid and as the British marched down the road militiamen fired.