Road to Revolution 5.3 & 5.4

  • Continental Congress Meets

    Continental Congress Meets
    *All colonies but Georgia have representatives
    *Voted to send a "statement of grievances"
    *Voted to boycott all British trade
    *Patrick Henry: VA rep. urged colonists to unite against Britain
  • 1,000s of Redcoats in Boston

    General Gage brings thousands of British soldiers to Boston with more on the way
  • Midnight ride of Paul Revere

    Midnight ride of Paul Revere
    Paul Revere rides to warn the Sons of Liberty in Lexington and Concord that "The British are coming! The British are coming!"
  • Battles of Lexington & Concord

    Battles of Lexington & Concord
    *Battle of Lexington:
    first battle of American Revolutionary War
    "shot heard around the world"
    British won
    *Battle of Concord:
    Americans stop British and force them to retreat back to Boston
    American victory
  • Capture of Fort Ticonderoga

    Capture of Fort Ticonderoga
    *Benedict Arnold and Ethan Allen capture the fort
    *Get all supplies in the fort including canons
    *American victory
  • Second Continental Congress

    Second Continental Congress
    *Starting printing money
    *Set up post office
    *Created Continental Army led by George Washington
  • Battle of Bunker Hill

    *Fought on Breed's Hill
    *"Don't fire until you see the whites of their eyes." -William Prescott
    *British victory (Americans ran out of ammunition)
    *British learn defending Americans would not be easy
    *Sent Olive Branch Petition asking George III to protect their rights
    *King hires 30,000 Hessian Soldiers in response
  • Washington arrives on outskirts of Boston with continental troops

    *Realizes men are disorganized and need discipline
    *Needed weapons
  • "Common Sense" published by Thomas Paine

    "Common Sense" published by Thomas Paine
    *Pamphlet inspires more colonists to become patriots
    *"Everything that is right or reasonable pleads for seperation" The blood of the slain, the weeping voice of nature cries, 'TIS TIME TO PART.' " - Thomas Paine, Common Sense
  • British Surrender Boston

    *Washington believes his army is ready and his weapons arrive
    *Washington puts cannons on Dorchester Heights overlooking Boston
    *British retreat, American victory
  • Second Continental Congress meet again

    *Debate on declaring independence
    *Thomas Jefferson is the primary author of the document
  • Second Continental Congress votes for Independence

    *All 13 colonies vote yes on declaring independence
  • The Declaration of Independence is signed

    The Declaration of Independence is signed