Road to Revolution

Timeline created by tzornes
In History
  • Proclamation

    George III prohibited all settlement west of the Appalachian mountains without guarantees of security from local Native American nations.
  • Sugar act

    Sugar act
    British legislation aimed at ending the smuggling trade in sugar and molasses from the French and Dutch West Indies and at providing increased revenues to fund enlarged British Empire responsibilities following the French and Indian.
  • Stamp Act

    Stamp Act
    an act of the British Parliament in 1765 that exacted revenue from the American colonies by imposing a stamp duty on newspapers and legal and commercial documents.
  • Declaratory Act

    Declaratory Act
    Parliament finals the repeal of the Stamp Act, but declares that it has the right to tax colonies.
  • Townshend Revenue Act

    Townshend Revenue Act
    Duties on tea, glass, lead, paper and paint to help pay for the administration of the colonies, named after Charles Townshend, the Chancellor of the Exchequer. John Dickinson publishes Letter from a Philadelphian Farmer in protest. Colonial assemblies condemn taxation without representation.
  • Political unrest

    Political unrest
    British troops arrive in Boston in response to political unrest
  • Boston Massacre

    Boston Massacre
    Angered by the presence of troops and Britain's colonial policy, a crowd began harassing a group of soldiers guarding the customs house; a soldier was knocked down by a snowball and discharged his musket, sparking a volley into the crowd which kills five civilians.
  • Burning of the Gaspee

    Burning of the Gaspee
    The revenue schooner Gaspee ran aground near Providence, Rhode Island and was burnt by locals angered by the enforcement of trade legislation.
  • Boston Tea party

    Boston Tea party
    Angered by the Tea Acts, American patriots disguised as Mohawk Indians dump £9,000 of East India Company tea into the Boston harbour.
  • Intolerable Acts

    Intolerable Acts
    Four measures which stripped Massachusetts of self-government and judicial independence following the Boston Tea Party. The colonies responded with a general boycott of British goods.
  • Battles of Lexington and Concord

    Battles of Lexington and Concord
    First engagements of the Revolutionary War between British troops and the Minutemen, who had been warned of the attack by Paul Revere.