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.
1000's of Redcoats in BostonGeneral Gage brings thousands of Britain 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.."
Battle of Lexington & ConcordBattle of Lexington-
1st battle of America 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 & Ethen Allan 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 Soldiers in response
Battle of Bunker HillFought on Bree's hill.
'Don't Fire until you see the Whites of their eyes" -William Presott
British Victory (Americana ran out of ammuntion) British learn defeating Americans would NOT be easy.
Washington arrives on outskirts of Boston with Continental troopsRealizes men are disorganized and need discipline
"Common Sense" published by Thomas PainePamphlet inspires more colonists to become patriots.
"Every thing that is right or responsible 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 cannon 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!