Sara Mazariegos Revolutionary War Timeline

By SaraMaz
  • French Allies

    French are sending weapons secretly to Patriots since early 1776 because they are still unhappy with the defeat of the French and Indian War.
  • War on the Move

    British retreat from Bostn, moving the war to the Middle states.
  • Sailing Into NY Harbor

    General and Admiral Howe join forces on Staten Island to sail into New York with 32000 soldiers.
  • Battle For New York Ends

    Outnumbered American troops retreat following heavy losses and lose the battle for New York.
  • Crossing the Delaware River

    Thw British push Washington's army, fewwer than 8000 men, across the Delaware River into Pennsylvania.
  • Needing a Victory

    Washington led 2,400 men across the Delaware River, needing a victory to keep his men from going home.
  • March to Trenton

    2400 American soldiers march to Trenton, New Jersey to defeat the garrison of Hessians.
  • American Victory

    Eight days after the Americans started marching towards Trenton, New Jersey, the Americans made a surprise attack at Princeton gaining a victory over Britain.
  • General Howe Lands Near Capital

    British troops sailed from New York to te head of Chesapeake Bay, and landed near the capital in late August, making the Continental Congress flee the city.
  • Americans at Saratoga

    Americans at Saratoga
    American troops surround Burgoyne at Saratoga, where he surrendered his army to General Gates, dramatically changing Britain's war strategy.
  • Valley Forge

    Continental Army camps at Valley Forge outside of Philadelphia from the winter of 1777 to 1778.
  • Treaty of Cooperation

    French realize that the Americans want independence so they signed an alliance agreeing to not make peace with Britain until they also recognized that America wanted its independence.
  • A Better Continental Army

    Friedrich von Steuben, a Prussian captain and talented drillmaster, volunteered his services to General Washington, making the colonial soldiers a more effective fighting force.
  • Change in British Strategies

    British hoped to rally Loyalist support to reclaim the colonies and slowly fight their way back north, but in the meantime, they shifted to the South.
  • Lafayette and the French

    Marquis de Lafayette offered his assistance to Washington's staff. He was with the army at Valley Forge, gained French reinforcements in France, and led a command in VA during the last years of the war.
  • Early British Success in the South

    By this time, the British expodition easily took Savannah, Georgia and a royal governor once again commanded Georgia.
  • British Victory at Charles Town

    The greatest victory of the war was when the British captured Charles Town, South Carolina and marched 5500 American soldiers off as prisoners of war.
  • Towards South Carolina

    General Henry Clinton, who had replaced Howe in New York, along with Charles Cornwallis sailed south with 8500 men.
  • Retreat for the British

    Cornwallis 's army was victorious at Camden, South Carolina. However, when Cornwallis moved into North Carolina, Patriots attacked them and cut their communications, forcing the redcoats to retreat.
  • Charles Cornwallis' Acheivments

    For most of 1780, Cornwallis succeeded. He was also joined by thousands of African Americans who escaped from Patriot slave owners to find freedom with the British.
  • Brave Americans at Cowpens

    When the British met the Americans at Cowpens, South Carolina, the British thought that the Americans would flee, but they stood their ground and fought back, forcing the redcoats to surrender.
  • Anger Leads to Consequences

    Angry at their defeat at Cowpens, Cornwallis attacked Greene at Guilford Court House, North Carolina. He had won this battle, but it had cost him 93 soldiers dead, 400 wounded, and 26 missing.
  • Asking for Help

    Greene had weakened the British, but worried about the fight for the South. He sent a letter to Lafayette asking for help saying that "... every exertion should be made for the salvation of the Southern States for on them depend the liberty of the Northern."
  • Superintendent of Finance

    Congress appoints a rich Philadelphia merchant named Robert Morris as superintendent of finance.
  • Financing the War

    Because the war needed alot of finances, inflation occured in the Americas. Due to the efforts of Morris and Salmon, the troops were finally paid in speci, or gold coin.
  • Victory at Yorktown

    Cornwallis finally raised the white flag to surrender from three weeks of getting bombarded on from the French and American troops.
  • Winning the War

    The British finally surrender near Yorktown, Virginia. The American Revolution had finally ended and the Americans had won.
  • British Surrender at Last!

    British Surrender at Last!
    Washington, the French generals, and their troops assembled to accept the British surrender.
  • Seeking Peace

    In Paris, four representatives- United States, Great Britain, France and Spain- joined to negotiate but all still wanted the most benificial for its own nation.
  • Treaty of Paris

    Treaty of Paris
    Delegates signed the Treaty of Paris, which states that the United States had their independence and set boundaries of the new nation. It now stretched from the Atlantic Ocean to the Mississippi River and from Canada to the Florida border.