Jonathan Laco - Revolutionary Timeline - A2

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  • Secret Weapon Supplying

    Considering the French lost to the British in the French and Indian War, they wanted to find a way to get back at them. By taking sides with the Patriots, they secretly supplied them with weapons to help them defeat British forces.
  • The British Retreat From Boston

    As the British left Boston, they moved the war to the middle states. This was a tactic of theirs to end the rebellion and isolate New England.
  • The Siege of New York City

    Brothers William and Richard Howe joined their British forces on Staten Island. Their force of 32,000 men sailed into New York harbor. Outnumbering Washington's army, the British took control and defeated the untrained recruits in late August.
  • Americans Retreat from New York

    Following the loss of George Washington and his army, they retreated from New York.
  • Pushed Into Pennsylvania

    The British were able to push Washington and his army across the Delaware River into Pennsylvania. However, Washington's army now only consisted of fewer than 8,000 men.
  • Crossing the Delaware heading for Trenton

    General Washington and 2,300 of his men crossed the cold waters of the Delaware River into New Jersey. Their plan was to then march into Trenton and take over the Hessian's by surprise.
  • Battle of Trenton

    Battle of Trenton
    After marching nine miles into Trenton, Washington's army defeated the unaware Hessian's in a surprise attack. Nearly all of them were taken captive except for 30 of them who were killed. Six Hessian cannons were also taken.
  • Battle of Princeton

    The Americans claimed another victory just eight days later in Princeton, New Jersey. By defeating 1,200 British soldiers, the Americans started to get on track.
  • Philadelphia Battle and Campaign

    General Howe's goal was to take over America's capital(Philadelphia). Howe and his troops moved in as the Continental Congress moved out. Washington's army failed to stop the redcoats and Howe took Philadelphia surrounded by his fellow Loyalists.
  • Victory at Saratoga

    At the Battle of Saratoga, general Burgoyne led a large army but food supplies eventually ran low. A large amount of Americans surrounded Burgoyne and his army in Saratoga, where he surrendered to General Gates. This would impact the British's war strategies from now on.
  • Winter at Valley Forge

    Winter at Valley Forge
    George Washington and his Continental Army stay at Valley Forge over the Winter. They lost much men, supplies, and hope. Many starved to death or of frost bite. This continued until the Winters end.
  • Von Steuben Lends a Hand

    Strict drillmaster Friedrich Von Steuben volunteered his time by working with Washington's Continental Army. He shaped the hopeless army into an effective fighting force.
  • Treaty of Cooperation with France

    After the Americans won the battle of Saratoga, the French agreed to show support in the Revolution. They then signed an alliance of cooperation with the Americans. They agreed that France was not allowed to make peace with Britain unless Britain also recognized American Independence.
  • The British Move South

    Due to the outcome at Saratoga, the British were ready to come back with a better military strategy. Planning to move south, the British focused on reclaiming their colonies and gathering Loyalist support.
  • Taking Over Savannah

    The British invaded Savannah, Georgia taking it over with ease. The new British war strategy was proven to be successful so far.
  • George Cotnrolled by Royal Governer

    After the British took Savannah, Georgia soon fell all together. Georgia was then commanded by royal governer like it was once before.
  • Lafayette Joins Washington

    Due to the results of the winter at Valley Forge, the young military leader Marquis de Lafayette joined Washington's troops. He also called for reinforcements in France to help. Lafayette would eventually lead a command in Virginia later on.
  • Clinton and Cornwallis Sail South

    Along with 8,500 men, General Charles Cornwallis and Henry Clinton sailed south in hope to take back more land.
  • The British Take Charles Town

    Marching 5,500 American troops off as prisoners, the British achieved a huge victory for them. Taking Charles Town, South Carolina was a great victory for them.
  • The French Land in Rhode Island

    As the British focused on the South, a French army of 6,000 landed in Newport, Rhode Island. Marquis de Lafayette brainstormed a strategy to join the American and French forces and fleets to attack the British in Yorktown.
  • Battle of Camden

    Cornwallis and his army then invaded Camden, South Carolina. They took a huge victory as they took over the American troops with great force.
  • Establishing Forts in Slith Carolina

    After the American defeat in Camden, the British quickly set up forts across the state within a few months. This would strengthen the British's hold of South Carolina.
  • Battle of Cowpens

    The forces of Daniel Morgan and Banastre Tarleton met in Cowpens, South Carolina. the British expected the Americans to surrender as the British outnumbered them. Surprisingly, the Continental Army fought back and took the victory as the opposing redcoats surrendered.
  • Battle of Guilford Court House

    Cornwallis was furious as his troops lost in Cowpens, so he decided to attack Greene and his army at Guilford Court House, North Carolina. Although Cornwallis won the battle, his army took the biggest lost of over 500 men. Greene's army had weakened the British now.
  • Continental Army Financing

    Wealthy merchant Robert Morris was named superintendent of finance by Congress for the Continental Army. Him and his associate, Haym Salomon raised money to provide salaries for the army.
  • Continental Army is Paid

    After the hardworking efforts of Morris and Salomon, the army was finally paid for their duties. This pay came in specie or gold coin.
  • Cornwallis Surrenders at Yorktown

    After fighting for three weeks, Cornwallis's army was outnumbered by nearly two to one. Surrounded by American and French forces, Cornwallis surrenders marking the end of the American Revolution.
  • British Surrender at Yorktown

    British Surrender at Yorktown
    Marking the end of the American Revolution, the French and Americans defeated the British in Yorktown. After being surrounded on the peninsula, Cornwallis waved the white flag.
  • British Surrender is Accepted

    Washington and the French Generals gathered to accept the British surrender. The British troops laid down their weapons and General Charles O'Hara handed his sword over.
  • Treaty of Paris

    John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, and John Jay were chosen as negotiators. In 1783, the Treaty of Paris was signed confirming U.S independence and boundaries of the new nation. However some of the treaty's promises were soon to be broken.