Road to Revolution 5.3 & 5.4

  • Continental Congress meets

    Continental Congress meets
    -All colonies but Georgia has representatives
    -voted to send a "statement of grievances"
  • 1,000's of Redcoats in Boston

    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

    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.."
    -Accompanied by Samuel Prescott and Willaim Dawes ( the ones who actually rode until midnight)
  • Battles of Lexington and Concord

    Battles of Lexington and 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 retrat back to Boston
  • Capture of Fort Tinconderga

    Capture of Fort Tinconderga
    -Benedict Arnold and Ethan Allen capture the fort at night
    -Americans capture much needed supplies and ammunition in the fort including cannons
  • Second Continental Congress meet

    Second Continental Congress meet
    -Print $$$$ (money)
    -Set up post office
    -Created Continental Army led by George Washington
    -Sent Olive Branch asking King to protect their rights
    -King hires 30,000 Hessians Soldiers in response
  • Battle of Bunker Hill

    -Fought on Breed's Hill
    -"Don't Fire until you see the whites of thier eyes"-William Prescott
    -BRITISH Victory (Americans ran out of ammunition)British learn defearing Americans would NOT be easy.
  • Washington arrives on outskirts of Boston with Continental troops

    -Realizes men are disorganized and need to discipline
    -Need weapons
  • "Common Sense" published by Thomas Paine

    -Pamphlet 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 Boston

    -Washington believes in his army is ready and weapons arrive
    -Washington puts cannons on Dorchester Heights overlooking Boston
    -BRITISH retreat - AMERICAN Victory
  • Second Continental Congress meet again

    -Debate on decalring independence from Great Britain
    -Thomas Jefferson is the primary author of the document
  • Second Continental Congress votes for Independence

    -All 13 colonies vote YES on declaring independence
  • The Declaration of Independence is signed!