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Revolutionary War

By ldoll83
  • Treaty of Paris

    Treaty of Paris
    Britain and France make peace. France loses their land. British take control of Ohio River Valley.
  • Proclamation of 1763

    Proclamation of 1763
    British government declares that the colonists cannot settle the land past the Appalachian Mountains in an attempt to keep peace with the Natives
  • Sugar Act Passed

    Sugar Act Passed
    Prime Minister George Grenville convinced Parliament to pass the Sugar Act. It raised taxes for colonists buying imported sugar from the West Indies.
  • Stamp Act Passed

    Stamp Act Passed
    Act passed in Britain by George Grenville and Parliament. It required all legal documents and most printed materials to be printed on paper produced in London, with an official stamp on it.
  • Quartering Act Passed

    Quartering Act Passed
    Act required colonists to house British soldiers in their public housing, private homes, shops, and stables if needed.
  • Declaratory Act Passed

    Declaratory Act Passed
    Repealed the Stamp Act, but proclaimed Britain’s right to legislate and tax American colonists.
  • Townshend Acts Passed

    Townshend Acts Passed
    A series of 5 acts passed by Charles Townshend between June 5 and July 6 of 1767. These acts put a tax on glass, white lead, paper, paint, and tea.
  • Boston Massacre

    Boston Massacre
    British soldiers shot into a crowd of protesters, killing or wounding 11 colonists.
  • Boston Tea Party

    Boston Tea Party
    Massachusetts colonists wore Native regalia and face paint, snuck aboard British ships and dumped 342 chests of tea into the Boston Harbor.
  • Boston Port Act Passed

    Boston Port Act Passed
    Britain passed an act stating that the Boston Port was closed to all ships until Boston had payed for the destroyed tea.
  • Massachusetts Government Act Passed

    Massachusetts Government Act Passed
    Britain passed this act to take away Massachusetts’ charter, making them a royal colony that was directly under the king’s control.
  • Administration of Justice Act Passed

    Administration of Justice Act Passed
    Act passed that stated that royal officials in America who were accused of a crime were to be sent back to Britain for trial, on the claim that they would not get a fair trial in Boston
  • Quebec Act Passed

    Quebec Act Passed
    The act gave land and religious freedom to residents of the Province of Quebec, as well as set up a basis for governance.
  • First Continental Congress Held In Philadelphia

    First Continental Congress Held In Philadelphia
    Delegates from 12 of the colonies (Georgia did not participate), a total of 55 men, met in Philadelphia to consider ways of redressing colonial grievances. The delegates convened for 54 days (~7 weeks)
  • Declaration of Rights is Written

    Declaration of Rights is Written
    The First Continental Congress wrote this document as a collection of colonial grievances, and made a rudimentary list of rights they believed they should have. It also included their plan to boycott British trade until their grievances were addressed by the King and by Parliament. If their grievances were not addressed, the Congress would meet again in May of 1775.
  • The Battles and Lexington and Concord

    The Battles and Lexington and Concord
    700 British soldiers were commanded to raid American militia storage buildings to steal supplies and capture Samuel Adams and John Hancock. At Lexington, the British had an easy fight. The Minute Men fought back, but retreated with 8 dead and many more wounded. The British soldiers moved on to Concord, expecting the same to happen again. The Minute Men at Concord, however, hid behind stone walls and returned fire. The British soldiers retreated with 70 dead and some 300 wounded.
  • Battle of Bunker Hill

    Battle of Bunker Hill
    US - 226 killed. GB - 115 killed. British Victory. This is the battle where the famous quote “Don’t fire ‘til you see the whites of their eyes’ comes from.
  • Olive Branch Petition Signed

    Olive Branch Petition Signed
    Document created and signed by the Second Continental Congress in a last ditch effort to make peace with Britain. The king refused to even read it before declaring the colonists traitors.
  • “Common Sense” Published

    “Common Sense” Published
    Thomas Paine, an American revolutionary, wrote and published a work titled “Common Sense”. It was a 50 page pamphlet that called for the separation of Britain and America. It called for a new kind of government, one where the power came from the people? It sold 120,000 copies in only a few months and sparked a fire in colonists to leave Britain behind and become their own country.
  • Battle of Moore's Creek Bridge

    Battle of Moore's Creek Bridge
    US - 1 killed. GB - 50 killed, 850 captured. American victory.
  • Lee Submits Motion For Separation

    Lee Submits Motion For Separation
    At the Philadelphia Congress, Richard Henry Lee moved to officially separate from Britain to become an individual entity.
  • Independence is Declared

    Independence is Declared
    After nearly a month of debate, the Philadelphia Congress accepted Lee’s motion to separate, and officially declared independence.
  • “Declaration of Independence” Approved by Congress

    “Declaration of Independence” Approved by Congress
    Thomas Jefferson’s document titled “Declaration of Independence” explained the separation, the reasons, and what it meant for them all now.
  • Statue of King George Toppled

    Statue of King George Toppled
    Statue of King George III is pulled down to be melted into bullets, used by American soldiers against British troops.
  • Battle of Long Island

    Battle of Long Island
    US - 300 killed, 1000 captured. GB - 60 killed. British victory
  • George Washington Crosses the Delaware

    George Washington Crosses the Delaware
    George Washington crosses the Delaware to attack an encampment of Hessians (German assassins hired by Britain) in Trenton, New Jersey.
  • France Joins the War

    France Joins the War
    In February of 1778, France declared war on Britain as an ally of the American colonies.
  • Spain Joins the War

    Spain Joins the War
    In June of 1779, Spain declares war on Britain as an ally of the American colonies and France.
  • The Siege of Charleston

    The Siege of Charleston
    US - 89 killed, 5400 captured. GB - 76 killed. British victory.
  • Raid of Richmond

    Raid of Richmond
    In a raid, Benedict Arnold’s soldiers burn down Richmond, Virginia
  • George Washington Creates the Merit Badge

    George Washington Creates the Merit Badge
    George Washington created the Badge of Military Merit, later renamed the Purple Heart by FDR
  • Treaty of Paris Signed

    Treaty of Paris Signed
    Treaty signed to end the Revolutionary War, drawing boundary lines between the British land in Canada and the United States of America.