Road to Revolution Timeline

  • Stamp act

    Secret colonial society -protest stamp act.
    Intimidated tax collectors
    -refusal to buy british goods
    * Colonies hoped to hurt britain's economy

    * hoped it would convince parliament to lift the new taxes
    Boycott - parliament agrees to repeal (get rid of ) the stamp act .
  • Sugar Act

    -Indirect tax (out of sight =out of mind )
    - Duties on molasses and sugar .
  • Townshend Act

    Townshend acts
    . taxes on glass,lead,paints ,paper,and tea
    Searched for smuggled goods
  • Boston Tea party

    sons of liberty dumbed over 340 chest of tea in the boston harbor
    caused problems for loyalest /tories
    a loyalist is someone in the conley who remains loyal to the king of great britain
  • Intolerable Act

    Passed the punished boston tea party - boston harbor closed until tea paid for
    -Massachusetts character canceled.
    -Quartering Act required colonist to house soldiers
    -”if a soldier comes knocking at your door … you’re sleeping on the floor”
    General Thomas gage became new governor of MA.
  • Quartering Act

    March 5,1770;soldier strikes colonies
    -crowd gathers and hassles soldiers , throwing snowballs and shouting insults.
    -more troops arrive ,colonist get more angry
    -”fire if you dare!”
    - THis became known as the boston Massacre
    Shared ideas + info about the new british laws -boycott
    -propaganda info to intentionally cause harm /help cause
  • First continental colonies

    all colonies except georgia
    voted for a statement of grievances
    voted to boycott all british trade

    Patrick henry - VA rep urged colonist to unite against britain
  • 1000's of Red Coats In Boston

    General gage brings thousands of british soldiers to boston with more on the way .
  • Midnight ride of Paul Revere

    He has to warn the sons of liberty in Lexington and concord that the British are coming .
  • battle of lexington and concord

    battle of lexington-1st battle of american revolutionary war

    "shot heard around the world" -ralph waldo emerson
    British victory
    battle of concord
    americans stop the british and force them to retreat back to boston .
    American Victory
  • battle of lexington and concord

    1st battle of american revolutionary war
    shot heard around the world
    battle of concord
    americana stop british and force them to retreat back to boston
    American victory
  • capture of fort ticonderoga

    benedict arnold and ethan allen capture the fort
    get all supplies in the fort including cannons
    American victory
  • the second continental congress meets

    they stated printing their own money
    they set up their own post office
    created continental army led by george washington
    sent an olive branch to not start war
    king hires 30,000 hessian soldiers in response
  • battle on bunker hill

    fought on Breeds hill
    "dont fire till you see the whites of their eyes"-William Prescott
    British victory - americans ran out of ammunition, british learn that going to war with the americans , was not easy .
  • Washington arrives on the outskirts of boston with continual troops

    realizes men are disorganized and need discipline
  • "common sense "published by Thomas paine

    pamphlet inspires more colonies to become parrots
    "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 surrendered 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 jefferson is the primary author of the document
  • second continental congress votes for independence

    all 13 colonies vote YES declaring independence
  • the declaration of independence is signed