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Revolutionary War Timeline

  • John Locke(Social Contract & Natural Rights)

    John Locke(Social Contract & Natural Rights)
    John Locke was a philosopher who helped lay the foundation for the Enlightenment. John Locke's political ideas would later be applied to the Constitution and Declaration of Independence. The social contract was made to protect people's natural rights by giving up lesser freedoms. The social contract had its impact on the Revolutionary War as it used on both sides, it was seen as rebellious while also being seen as continuity in the government.
  • George Washington

    George Washington
    George was the leader of the military during the Revolutionary War. George was a successful leader and had led the colonial forces to victory over the British during the Revolutionary War.
  • Lexington & Concord

    Lexington & Concord
    The British came to seize weapons and to arrest colonial leaders nad this would start a small battle as well as the start of the Revolutionary War.
  • Second Continental Congress

    Second Continental Congress
    The Second Continental Congress was a convention of delegates who would help manage financing the war with borrowed funds, managing colonial war effort, asking for men to join, and getting supplies. This would allow for the colonists to get more men and raise morale.
  • Battle of Bunker Hill

    Battle of Bunker Hill
    This battle was caused by the colonists wanting to be separate from Britain. In this battle, there were the red coats who were the British. The British were commanded by Sir William Howe. As the colonists were commanded by William Prescott. This battle allowed for morale to increase as well as patriotic dedication for being able to defeat the British.
  • Olive Branch Petition

    Olive Branch Petition
    This petition was sent to King George III, it requested not having to go to war and to settle their differences peacefully. The King replies by telling them that there is basically no point as get sees the colonists all in an open rebellion and that if it continues they would be killed. The significance is that the colonists know that they will have to go to war since they can not work anything out with the King.
  • Thomas Jefferson

    Thomas Jefferson
    Jefferson was the writer of the Declaration of Independence. Jefferson had been the governor of Virginia as well as the U.S. minister to France, U.S. secretary of state, and vice president under John Adamas. The impact is that he would write the Declaration of Independence.
  • Declaration of Independence

    Declaration of Independence
    The Declaration of Independence would become a sacred document for Americans as it showed why the country was created and the hopes for the country. The significance would be that the second Continental Congress would adopt it on July 4th, 1776 as the British wanted to declare their independence from Britain.
  • Trenton

    On Christmas, George soldiers started to cross the Delaware River and would later surprise attack the British in doing so. This battle allowed for more hope in defeating the British, and the encouragement for others to join the battle.
  • Saratoga

    The two battles of Saratoga was when the French became allies with the American colonists as they would later join the fight. The impact of this was that the colonists would now have the French on their side.
  • Princeton

    George Washington pulled another surprise on the British as he left a few men to tend with campfires to fool the British. Geroge would then lead his army to Princeton and surprise the British once again and this allowed for the American spirit to increase.
  • Valley Forge

    Valley Forge
    Valley Forge was the site of the camp of the American Continental Army during the winter of the American Revolutionary War. During this time starvation, diseases, and exposure would kill many. It was a turning point for the American Revolutionary War.
  • France (Treaty of Amity & Commerce, Treaty of Alliance)

    France (Treaty of Amity & Commerce, Treaty of Alliance)
    The treaty of amity and commerce encouraged trade and saw the United States as an independent nation. The treaty of alliance encouraged military support as well as being made as a defensive alliance for the French and United States. The impact of this would be help in the war.
  • Spain

    Spain was an enemy of Great Britain so they would support the American Revolution. Spain would give supplies to New Orleans before the war began. Spain would also fight along with the French, but not become an ally of the Americans.
  • Cowpens

    The Battle of Cowpens would be a turning point in the American Revolutionary War in southern colonies as the British would be defeated at Cowpens.
  • Yorktown

    The battle would be another surprise attack planned by George Washington as he would make it look like they were going to surrender in New York, but instead would have more supplies and more men prepared at all angles to defeat the British. The French and Americans would cause the British to surrender at Yorktown and thus would end the American Revolutionary War.
  • The Treaty of Pairs 1783

    The Treaty of Pairs 1783
    This treaty would end the American Revolutionary War as it was negotiated between the United States and Great Britain. This would recognize independence for the 13 states and it was made since the war did not actually end in surrender at Yorktown.
  • French and English Enlightenment

    French and English Enlightenment
    The British Enlightenment was a cultural movement about logic, freedom of thought of faith, and dogma. The French applied methods of science, women were not included in ideas of freedom or equality.