Continental Congress meetsAll colonies but Georgia has representatives
Voted to send a "statement of grievances
Voted to boycott all British trade
1000's of Redcoats in BostonGeneral Gage brings thousands of British soldiers to Boston with more on the way.
Midnight ride of Paul ReverePaul Revere rides to warm the Sons of liberty in Lexington and Concord that the "British are coming... The British are coming"
Battles of Lexington & Concord-1st battle of American Revolutionary War
-"Shot heard round the world" -Ralph Waldo Emerson
Battle Of concord-
-Americas Stop British and force them to retreat back to Boston
Capture of Fort TiconderogaBenedict Arnold and Ethan Allen capture the fort. Americans capture much needed supplies and ammunition in the fort including cannons. AMERICA victory
Second Continental Congress meetPrint money
Set up post office
Created Continental Army led by George Washington
Sent Olive Branch petition asking King George III to protect their rights
King hires 30,000 Hessians Soldiers in response
Battle of Bunker HillFought on Breeds Hill. "Don;t fire until you see the whites of their eyes"..... Williams 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 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 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 independenceAll 13 colonies vote YES on declaring independence
The Declaration of independence is signed