Road to Revolution Timeline

  • French & Indian War

    A conflict fought between the Britsh Empire and the French and their native allies.
    It's significant because it is the war that put the British in the $8 million debt. Which in turn led to taxes. Which pretty much would cause all the events that would lead up to the revolution.
  • Stamp Act

    An act that taxed all printed goods. It was the act that was met wit great defience by the colonists. Boycotts and some violence ensued. Sons of liberty formed by Sam Adams.
  • Boston Massacre

    Temper in Boston Boiled over and ended up with the British firing on Americans. 5 dead and about 6 injured. No real details on the event. No one knows for sure who attacked first.
  • Boston Tea Party

    In response to the Tea Act (1773), Patriots "disguised" as Mohawk indians dumped 300+ barrels of tea into the harbor. $1-3 million british loss. Was in response to the tea act.
  • Coercive Acts

    A series of act that were passed in response to the Boston tea party. The acts shut down boston and isolated the city. Crumbling the economy and pushing the colonists to rebellion even further.
  • 1st Continental Congress

    The first time most colonies came together. Tn response to the Coercive Acts. Committees of Correspondance. Decided how to deal with them. Ex. Boycotts/public shaming. Basically fight the british without using violence.
  • Lexington & Concord

    The British Marched on the two towns to capture weapons, but were met with resistence. Known as the first "battle" between the two sides it was the first time open combat broke out. 8 militia died. At the end only 95 colonists died compared to the 273 british. Gave the rebels confidence that they had a chance.
  • 2nd Continental Congress

    After the events at Lexington & Concord, the colonies got back together and appointed George Washington general of the continental army. The Olive branch Petition was written during this time.
  • Thomas Paine's "Common Sense"

    A pamphlet written to bring up morale for the rebels and convince more people to join the cause. It was short and simply written so most of everyone could read it and understand. It helped bring a lot more support for the revolution.
  • Declaration of Independance

    Thomas Jefferson chosen as author. The document stated why america was claiming independance. Signed by everyone but John Dickinson, who didn't want independance.