Revolutionary War Timeline

By MKZeke
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    Important Events

  • The Treaty of Paris 1763

    The Treaty of Paris was the document that had ended the Seven Years War and The French and Indian War. It was created and signed after the British had captured Canada.
  • The Sugar Act

    The Sugar Act was a bill passed by British Parliament that made taxes on the imported molasses. It added tension between the Colonies and Great Britain because the Colonists had no part in the tax.
  • The Stamp Act

    The Stamp Act was another bill passed by British Parliament that placed taxes on all paper in the colonies. It was another tax that the Colonies hadn't had any word in, so it angered them.
  • Townshend Acts

    The Townshend Acts were a series of taxes Parliament placed on the Colonies on glass, paint, oil, lead, paper, and tea. It had caused violent protests by the Colonies, which led to more British soldiers being shipped to them.
  • Boston Massacre

    The Boston Massacre was a shooting of Colonial citizens by British soldiers. It was a result of of fight that had broken out between a soldier and some colonists, which sparked more anger for the British troops.
  • The Tea Act

    The Tea Act was a bill passed by Parliament that forced the Colonies to buy tea from only the East India Trading Company. It was one of the final acts that led up to the sparking of the Revolution.
  • Boston Tea Party

    The Boston Tea Party was the dumping of tons of British tea in protest of the unfair treatment Great Britain was showing to the Colonies. It had been the cause of stricter regulation in Boston, Massachusetts by Britain.
  • Meeting of the First Continental Congress

    The First Continental Congress was a meeting of delegates from all of the colonies to discuss the issue at hand with Great Britain. They had set a plan to attempt one last chance for peace, and agreed to meet at a later date if Great Britain had not backed down.
  • Adoption of the Declaration of Rights

    The Declaration of Rights was a list of things the Continental Convention had believed the colonies had the right to that had been sent Great Britian. It had been aimed towards the opposition posed by the Stamp Act of 1765, the Townshend Acts of 1767 and the Coercive Acts of 1774.
  • Battle of Bunker Hill

    A battle between British General Gage and Colonial Generals Putnam and Ward for control of the Charleston Pennisula. It had been a victory for the British, but had shown that the colonists could stand up to them.
  • Publication of Common Sense

    Common Sense was a pamphlet created by Thomas Paine that challenged British rule. It had convinced a large amount of colonists to join the fight for independence.
  • Ratification of the Declaration of Independence

    The Declaration of Independence was a document drafted by the Second Continental Congress that officially declared the colonies independent from Britain. It had stated the rights that the colonies believed they had, stating the reasons why they were breaking away.
  • Battle of New York

    The Battle of New York was a battle between British General Howe and American General Washington that had led to the defeat of Washington and the capture of New York. It may have been a defeat for the Colonial Army, but it showed Washington's resiliance as the commander-in-chief of the colonies.
  • Battle of Trenton

    The Battle of Trenton was a battle between Colonial General Washington and British Colonel Rahl. The battle is most famous for the famous crossing of the Delaware River, where Washington succeeded in delivering a sneak attack on the British and defeated the troops, bringing hope back into the Colonial Army.
  • Battle of Brandywine Creek

    The Battle of Brandywine Creek was a battle between British General Howe and Colonial General Washington. The loss of the Colonial Army had hastened the capture of Philidelphia.
  • Battle of Saratoga

    The Battle of Saratoga was a battle between British General Burgoyne and Colonial General Gates. This victory for the Colonial Army had been enough to bring France and Spain into the war to fight on the American's side.
  • Creation of Valley Forge

    Valley Forge was the base camp George Washington had created for the winter of 1777. It had served as a chance to train his rag tag group of men into more fit soldiers, increasing the odds of the Colonies to win.
  • Siege of Charleston

    British General Clinton was assigned task to capture Charleston, a major city in South Carolina. It had been a victory for the British, but had cause major problems for them due to carelessness.
  • Battle of Yorktown

    The Battle of Yorktown was the final battle of the American Revolution, which was fought by British General Cornwallis, American General Washington, and French General de Rochambeau. It had been a siege on the town of Yorktown, Virgina, where the British were waiting for reenforcements. The Americans and the French had completely surrounded the British and laid artillery fire until their surrender.
  • Signing of the Treaty of Paris 1783

    The Treaty of Paris 1783 was the official end to the American Revolution. It had finally freed the American colonies from Great Britain, allowing them to become their own nation.