Road to Revolution Timeline 5.3 & 5.4

  • 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 Britain
  • 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

    Paul Revere rides to warn the Sons of Liberty in Lexington Concord that the "The British are coming"
  • Battle of Lexington & Concord

    Battle of Lexington
    - 1st battle of the American Revolutionary War.
    -"shot heard around on 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
  • The Second Continental Congress Meets

    -print $$$
    -Set up post office
    -Created Contnental 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 ammunation) British learn defeating Americans would not be easy
  • Washington arrives on outskirtst of Boston with Continenta troops

    -realizes men are disorganized and need discpline
    -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 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
    -Thomas Fefferson 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