General Gage brings thousands of British soldiers to Boston with more on the way.
First Continental Congress
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.
Midnight ride of Paul Revere
Paul Revere rides to a warn the Sons of Liberty in Lexington and Concord that the 'British are coming.....The British are coming.."
Battles of Lexington and Concord
Battle of Lexington
-1st battle of American Revolutionary War
-"Shot heard round the world"-Ralph Waldo Emerson
Battle of concord.
Capture of Fort Ticonderoga
Benedict Arnold and Ethan Allen capture the fort
Get all supplies in the fort including cannons
second continental congress meet
set up post office
Created continental army led by George Washington
Sent olive Branch asking King to protect their rights
-King hires 30,000 Hessian s soldiers in response.
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 put of ammunition)British learn defeating Americans would NOT be easy
Second Continental Congress meet again
Debate on declaring independence
Thomas Jefferson is the primary author of the document
British Surrender Boston
Washington believes his army is ready and weapons arrive
Washington pits cannons on Dorchester Heights overlooking Boston
BRITISH retreat-AMERICAN victory
Washington arrives on outskirts of Boston with continental troops
Realizes men are disorganized and need discipline
Second Continental Congress votes for Independence
All 13 colonies vote yes on declaring independence.
The Declaration of Independence is signed.
"Common Sense"published by Thomas Paine.
Pamphlet inspires more colonists to become patriots
"Every thing that is right or reasonable pleads for separation.The blood of the slain, the weeping voice of nature cries,"TIS TIME TO PART"-Thomas Paine, Common Sense.