Continental Congress meetsAll 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
1,000's of Redcoats in BostonGeneral Gage bring thousands of British soldiers to Boston with more on the way
Midnight ride of Paul ReverePaul Revere rides to warn the Sons of liberty in Lexington and Concord that the "British are coming...The British are coming.."
Battles of Lexington & ConcordBattle of Lexington- 1st battle of America Revolution War
"shot heard around the world"- Ralph Waldo Emerson
Battle of Concord-Americans Stop British and force them to retreat back Boston
Capture of Fort TiconderogaBenedict Arnold & Ethan Allen Capture the fort
Get all supplies in the fort including cannons
Second Continental Congress meetPrint$$$
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 Hillfought on Breed's 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 troopsRealizes men are disorganized & need discipline
"Common Sense" published by Thomas Painepamphlet inspires more colonists to become patriots
"Everything thing that is right or reasonable pleads for separation" The blood of the slain the weeping voice of nature cries "Tis Tome TO PART" -Thomas Paine, Common Sense.
British Surrender BostonWashington believes his army is ready & weapons arrive
Washington puts cannons on Dorchester Heights overlooking Boston
BRITISH retreat-AMERICAN Victory
Second Continental Congress meet againDebate on declaring independence
Thomas Jefferson is the primary author of the document
Second Continental Congress votes for Independence
The Declaration of Independence is signed