Continental Congress Meets
1,000'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 warn the Sons of Liberty in Lexington and Concord that the "British are coming... The British are coming.."
Battles of Lexington and ConcordBattle 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.
Capture Fort Ticonderoga
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 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 troops-Realizes men are disorganized and need discipline
"Common Sense" published by Thomas Paine-Pamphlet inspires more colonist 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 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 declaring 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!