Benedict Arnold & Ethan Allen capture the fort
Get all supplies in the fort including cannons
First Continental Congress Meets
All colonies but Georgia have representatives.
Voted to send a "statement of grievances".
Voted to boycott all Britain trade.
Patrick Henry- Va rep. urged colonists to unite against Britain.
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 Hessians Soldiers in response
Battle of Bunker Hill
Fought on Breed's Hill Map
"Don't Fire until you see the whites of their eyes" - William Prescott
BRITISH Victroy ( Americans ran out of ammunition) British learn defeating Americans would not be easy
Washington arrives on outskits of Boston with Continental troops
Realizes men are disorganized & need discipline
"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
British Surrender Boston
Washington believes his army is ready & weapons arrive
Washington puts cannons on Dorchester
Hights 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