Start of American revolution

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    Navigation acts

    The Navigation acts tried to restrict colonial trade with England in an effort to create British dependency.
  • Stamp act

    Stamp act
    The act requires colonists to pay a tax on paper products. (Contributes to general dislike of the British)
  • Boston massacre

    Boston massacre
    A violent riot on king street in Boston. Added to the anti-British ideals. (Overall emphasized gap between colonists and British)
  • Tea act

    Tea act
    Parliament grants the East India Company a monopoly over tea sales in the colonies.
  • Boston tea party

    Boston tea party
    Colonists dump 342 chests of tea into the Boston harbor. This was an effort to protest “taxation without representation”.
  • Coercive / intolerable acts

    Coercive / intolerable acts
    4 laws in Britain passed as a response to the Boston tea party.
    The Boston port act(allowed the royal to blockade the harbor) , the Massachusetts government act ( indangered American government and representation.), the administration of justice act (gave more power to the governor), and the Quartering act (high ranking officials can demand quarters).
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    First continental congress

    All colonies except Georgia sent delegates to carpenter’s hall. They showed a combined power against Britain.
  • Battles of Lexington and Concord

    Battles of Lexington and Concord
    British troops March from Boston to concord. Paul Revere and other riders warn colonists. The battles sparked by this kicked off the American Revolutionary War.
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    Second continental congress

    Representatives came together in Philadelphia to create a de facto government. They decide how to deal with the British, set up taxes (although some states deny), and create a postal service.
  • Declaration of Independence adopted

    Declaration of Independence adopted
    The continental congress adopts the Declaration of Independence. Formally splitting the colonists from Britain.
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    Battle of Saratoga

    Americans defeat British for control of the Hudson River Valley.
    Cemented America on the global stage
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    Winter at valley forge

    Troops arrive at valley forge and live in miserable conditions. Many die. Eventually Baron Von Steuben arrives and disciplines the American army to combat the British forces.
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    Battle of Yorktown

    British Forces surrender to the Americans and French. Considered the last major battle of the American revolution.
  • End of French and Indian war

    End of French and Indian war
    The treaty of Paris is signed, recognizing the United States as a formally recognized nation.
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    U.S. constitution written

    The federal convention came together in Philadelphia to debate the rights of the future Americans.
  • Constitution adopted

    Constitution adopted
    It took until June 21 1788 for the document to be adopted.