Road to Independence

  • Continental Congress Meets

    All colonies but Georgia has representatives voted to send a "statement" of grievances voted to boycott all British trade
    Patrick Henry-VA rep.urged colonist to unite against Britain
  • 1000's Of Redcoats In Boston

    General Gage brings thousands of British soldiers to Boston with more on the way
  • Midnight Ride Of Paul Rever

    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 & Concord

    Battle Of Lexington
    1st battle of American Revolutionary War
    "shot head 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& Ethan Allen capture the fort
    Get all supplies in the fort including cannons
    American Victory
  • Second Continental Congress Meet

    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's soldiers in response.
  • Battles 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 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.
  • Washington arrives on outskirts of Boston with Continental troops

    Realizes men are disorganized and need discipline.
    Need weapons.
    Washington put cannons on Dorchester heights overlooking Boston
    British retreat-American victory
  • Second Continental Congress meet again

    Debate on declaring independence.
    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!!!!