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Road to Revolution 5.3 and 5.4

  • Continental Congress meets

    Continental Congress meets
    All 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 Britan.
  • 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.."
  • 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 retreat back to Boston
    AMERICAN Victory.
  • Capture of Fort Ticonderoga

    Benedict Arnold and Ethan Allen capture fort.
    Get all supplies in the fort including cannons.
    AMERICAN Victory
  • Second Continental Congress meet

    Printed money
    Set up a post office
    Created the Continental Army led by George Washington
    Sent the Olive Branch asking King to protect their rights.
    - king hires 30,000 Hessian soldiers in response.
  • Battle of Bunker Hill

    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.
  • "Common Sense" published by Thomas Pane

    pamphlet inspires more colonists to become patriots
    "Every thing 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.
  • Second Continental Congress meet again.

    Debate on declaring independence
    Thomas Jefferson is 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!

    The Declaration of Independence is signed!