Road to Revolution 5.3 & 5.4

  • 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 colonist to unite against Britain
    Sent the olive branch asking king to protect their rights
    - king hires 30,000 Hessians soldiers in response
  • British surrenders Boston

    Washington believes his army is ready & weapons arrive
    Washington puts cannons on Dorchester height overlooking Boston
    BRITISH retreat - AMERICAN victory
  • 1,000's of redcoats in Boston

    general Gage brings thousands of British soldiers to Boston with more on the way
  • 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

    battle of Lexington - 1st battle of american revolutionary war
    -"shot heard round the world" - Ralph Waldo Emerson
    -British Victory battle of concord
    -Americans stop British and force them to retreat back to Boston
    - american victory
  • Battle of fort Ticonderoga

    Benedict Arnold & Ethan Allen capture the fort
    get all supplies in the fort including cannons
    AMERICAN victory
  • second continental congress meet

  • battle of bunker hill

  • Washington arrives on outskirts of Boston with continental troops

    realizes men are disorganized & need discipline
    needed weapons
  • "common sense" published by Thomas Paine

    pamphlet inspires more colonists to became patriots
    "Everything that is right or responsible pleads for separation. the blood of the slain, the weeping voice of nature cries, 'TIS TIME TO PART" - Tomas Paine, Common senses
  • second continental congress meet again

    debate on declaring independence
    Thomas Jefferson is primary author the document
  • second continental congress votes for independence

    all 13 colonies vote YES on declaring independence
  • the declaration of independence is signed

    fire works