Revolutionary War Timeline

  • Treaty of Paris, 1763

    Treaty of Paris, 1763
    This was the treaty that ended the French and Indian War. Due to the loss in the war, France has to give up all of there American colonies. They have to give up all of there land east of the Mississippi river to Britain. They also gave up all of there land west of the Mississippi river to the Spanish. Eventually Spain would then give Florida to Britain.
  • Proclamation of 1763

    Proclamation of 1763
    The Proclamation of 1763 was issued October 7, 1763, by King George III. This Proclamation was passed after Britain gained much of France's land after the victory of the French and Indian war. This Proclamation states that nobody can settle west of the Appellation Mountains.
  • Sugar Act of 1764

    Sugar Act of 1764
    Passed on April 5, 1764. This was the first law passed by the British Government onto the the Americas to raise revenue. This act put a tax of sugar in America. The purpose of these taxes was to help pay for troops stationed in North America after the British victory in the Seven Years' War. The British were in dept and needed money.
  • Stamp Act

    Stamp Act
    Passed on March 22. This was an act just like the sugar act that was used to raise revenue for the dept that Britain was in After the French and Indian war. The act put a tax on newspapers, legal and commercial documents, and even playing cards. Pretty much anything paper.
  • Quartering Act of 1765

    Quartering Act of 1765
    This act was passed on May 3, 1765. This law said that colonist in America had to house British soldiers, along with feeding them. This was because
  • Stamp Act Congress

    Stamp Act Congress
    This was a meeting convened in New york on October 7, 1765. The purpose of the Stamp Act Congress was to plan a protest against the recently passed law of the Stamp Act. The Stamp Act Congress, was also called the First Congress of the American Colonies.
  • Declaratory Act of 1766

    Declaratory Act of 1766
    After a long time of trying, Parliament finally repeals the Stamp Act. Pennsylvanian Benjamin Franklin testified before Parliament, explaining that the colonists were not opposed to all taxes, but that the Stamp Act was not liked by the colonist and that it could possibly lead to a revolution.
  • Townshend Act

    Townshend Act
    The Townshend Act placed new taxes on glass, lead, paints, paper, and tea. This was an act that really made the colonist mad. They would respond to this in a way that they never had before.
  • Boston Massacre

    Boston Massacre
    Nonimportation agreements were renewed against Townshend Acts, but, the colonist didn't follow it they smuggled. So the government sent Red coats to enforce the law. There was a fight against the British Red Coats and the Colonists. The drawing for this was exaggerated by a colonist to make people think badly of the British and have people fight with the colonists.
  • Boston Tea Party

    Boston Tea Party
    The British East India Company was facing bankruptcy, they had 17 thousand pounds of unsold tea. They also had full monopoly of the market of tea, and they sold it really cheap. But the colonist thought this was a trick, for them to pay the tax on tea so it ticked them off. They in return poorly dressed like indians and broke open 342 chests of tea and poured it into the harbor.
  • Intolerable Act

    Intolerable Act
    A set of laws that the British put on the colonists. The most important one was the Boston Port Act, where it closed all the ports until the damages were paid for. Other Intolerable Acts limited rights traditionally practiced in Massachusetts: like restrictions on town meetings, and unlike before any British soldiers that killed a colonist could now go to Britain to be tried.
  • Continental Congress

    Continental Congress
    Delegates from each of the 13 colonies except for Georgia, because they were fighting a Native-American uprising and was dependent on the British for there military supplies, met in Philadelphia as the First Continental Congress to organize colonial resistance to Parliament's Coercive Acts.
  • Battle of Lexington and Concord

    Battle of Lexington and Concord
    The British wanted to take the weapon depo in Massachusetts, so they marched to Concord. While marching there they met up with colonial militia men. This slowed down the British, and the militia men had to retreat. This gave the militia men in Concord enough time get ready and beat the British.
  • 2nd Continental Congress

    2nd Continental Congress
    The Second Continental Congress was another convention of delegates from the all of the Thirteen Colonies this time. They started meeting in the summer of 1775, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Soon after warfare they declared the American Revolutionary War had begun.
  • Bunker Hill

    Bunker Hill
    The colonist seized a hill Bunker Hill(Breed's Hill). The British responded with a 3000 men frontal attack. The Americans mowed over the British but they ran out of Bullets so they had to retreat. But towards the end the men were not aloud to shoot unless they saw the whites of their eyes.
  • Olive Branch Petition

    Olive Branch Petition
    This petition was adopted by the Continental Congress to avoid a full out war with Great Britain. But after the battle at Bunker hill the King slammed the door to all hope of reconciliation.
  • Common Sense

    Common Sense
    Thomas Paine wrote something called common sense. It was propaganda to get colonist to join the their side with fighting the British
  • Battle of Trenton and Princeton

    Battle of Trenton and Princeton
    Washington stealthily crossed over the Delaware River and captured 1000 Hessians, at trenton. A week later he went to Princeton and took and defeated a small British force. These two victories revealed "Old Fox" Washington at his military best.
  • Saratoga

    Saratoga was a turning point in the war. It showed the other parts of the world that the colonist could actually win the war. The colonist were successful and everyone was surprised, and that is when the French joined the colonists side.
  • Battle of Yorktown

    Battle of Yorktown
    After Cornwallis's failed attempts in Virginia he falls back at Chesapeake bay (Yorktown), to get supplies and reinforcements. Washington sided with the French to take Cornwallis. The French blockaded them from the sea. And Washington marched 300 miles from New York, to surround them at the Chesapeake bay. Cornwallis surrendered the entire force of 16,000 men.
  • Treaty of Paris, 1783

    Treaty of Paris, 1783
    The revolutionary war was officially over. The British finally had to acknowledge the independence of the United States. It gave boundaries to the Americas, going all the way west to Mississippi, North to Great Lakes, and to gave Spanish Florida in the south. Loyalists wouldn't be further prosecuted, the states had to pay back the British creditors. And the Loyalists property that was confiscated was to be restored.