Midnight ride of Paul ReverePaul reveres rides to warn the son's of liberty in Lexington and concord that the "British are coming... the British are coming"
Battle of Lexington & concord-1st battle of American Revolutionary war
- "shot heard round world "-Ralph waldo Emerson
- British victory
- Americans stop the British and force them to retreat back to Houston
Capture of fort TiconderogaBenedict Arnold & Ethan Allen capture the for
get all supplies in the fort including cannons
Second Continental congress meetPrint $$$$
set up post office
created Continental Army led by George washington
sent oliva branch asking the king to protect their rights
- king hires 30,000 hessians soldiers in reponse
Battle of Bunker hillFought on breed's hill
"Don't fire until you see the whites of their eyes"-William Prescott"
British learn defeating Americans would not be easy
Washington arrives at Boston with Continental TroopsRealizes men disorganized & need discipline
sugar actthe sugar act became smugglers. they would take everybody's stuff.
the sugar act made colonists very mad.
Sugar Act, which lowered the tax on the molasses the colonists imported
stamp act-the stamp act was so important because they helped replenish their finances.
-the stamp act raised money for Britian
declaring independence-the parliament says it has power to make laws for the colonies.
-the parliament passes this to save face.
-jefferson agreed that he would do the writing for the great project.
Townshend ActTaxes on glass, lead paint, paper, and tea
searched for smuggling goods
The son of liberty started to do violet acts
- british soldiers arrive to protect the tax collection
Tea Actpassed in 1773 and allowed British east india company to sell tea directly to colonists
- Lower Prices than colonists merchant
- Tax tea cheaper than smuggling tea
- Less smuggling = more tax money
Boston tea partyMembers of sons liberty dump over 340 chests of tea into Boston Harbor
Intolerable ActsPassed to punish Boston for tea party
- Boston Harbor closed until tea paid for
- Massachuttes Charter cancelled
First Continental congress meetsAll colonies but Gerogia have representatives Voted to send a "statement of grievances" voted to boycott all british trade
1,000 redcoatsGeneral Gage brings thousands of British soldiers to Boston with more on the way
Common sensePamphlet inspires more colonists to become patriots
everything that is right or reasonable pleads for sepration. the blood of slain, the weeping voice of nature cries, "its time"
British Surrender BostonWashington believes his army is ready & weapons arrive
Washington put cannons on Dorchester heights overlooking Boston
2nd Continental CongressDebate on declaring independence
Thomas Jefferson is the primary author of the document