Road to Independence

  • First Continental Congress meets

    First 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. Sept. 5, 1774
  • 1000's of Redcoats in Boston.

    1000's 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:
    -1st battle of the American Revolution War.
    - "Shot heard around the world" -Ralph Waldo Emerson.
    Battle of Concord:
    Americans stop British and force them to retreat back to Boston.
  • Capture of Fort Ticonderoga

    Benedict Arnold & Ethan Allen capture the fort.
    Get all supplies in the fort including cannons.
    AMERICAN Victory
  • Second Continental Congress Meet

    Second Continental Congress Meet
    -Print $$$$
    -Set Up Post Office
    -Created Continental Army by George Washington.
    -Sent Olive Branch asking the king to protect their rights.
    -King hires 30,000 Hessian soldiers in response.
  • Battle Of Bunker Hill

    Fought on breeds hill.
    "Don't fire until you see the whites of their eyes" - William Prescott.
    BRITISH Victory (Americans ran out of ammunition) British learn defeating Americans would NOT be easy.
  • Washington arrives on outskirts of Boston with Continental troops.

    Realizes men are disorganized & need discipline.
    Need weapons.
  • "Common Sense" published by Thomas Paine

    Pamphlet inspires more colonists to become patriots.
    "Everything that is right or reasonable pleads for separation. The blood of the stain, 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 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

    The Declaration of Independence
    July 4.