The American Revolution

  • The French and Indian War begins

    The French and Indian War begins
    linkIn the War the British soldiers fought against French soldiers and Native Americans. The Native Americans joined in the battle against the British because they were scared that the British would take over their land.
  • Treaty of Paris (1763)

    Treaty of Paris (1763)
    Link The Treaty of Paris ended the French and Indian War. It was signed by Great Britain, France and Spain with the assent of portugal. In the treaty England gained all the land west of the Appalachain Mountains up to the Mississippi River and south of the Great Lakes.
  • Royal Proclamation

    Royal Proclamation
    Link The American colonists won the territory south of the Great Lakes and west of the Appalachian Mountains for their tobacco farming. Once they started settling into the new land the Indians attacked them. Trying to protect the colonists, British Parliament prohibited anyone from living in this new territory and this was called the Royal Proclamation. The colonists were angry because they felt it was unfair that colonists died to win the land just to have it taken away.
  • Sugar Act

    Sugar Act
    Link When the British put a tax on sugar and other items such as coffee, indigo, and wine to get money to pay for the troops in North America who were protecting the colonists from the Indians.
  • Stamp Act

    Stamp Act
    Link British Parliament put a tax on all printed-papers for the Colonists. The Stamp Act was passed to get money for the Government; Colonists believed it wasn’t fair they were being taxed without representation.
  • Stamp Act Congress

    Stamp Act Congress
    Link The Stamp Act Congress consisted of twenty eight delagates from nine different states, and they passed the Stamp Act Resolutions. They also came up with things that would force Parlament to repeal the Stamp Act, for example boycotting British goods and paper products.
  • Townshend Acts

    Townshend Acts
    Link This Act was put in place by Britain to put tax on glass, paint, oil, lead, paper, and tea for the colonists The colonists were angered that more taxes were being put on them and decided to protest since it worked for them during the Stamp Acts. They hoped to get Parlament to retract the Townshend Acts as well.
  • Boston Massacre

    Boston Massacre
    Link When three Colonists were killed and eight injured from British Soldiers who shot them as a response to them throwing snowballs and other objects, angered by their presence. They claimed the first shot was a mistake and the others were out of confusion, but all of the solders present were put on trial and two were sentanced to death.
  • Boston Tea Party

    Boston Tea Party
    Link When a group of angered colonists dressed as Indians and snuck on British ships carring British Tea to dumped tea into Bosto Harbor. This was a response to the high tea tax. As the Colonists had hoped this sent a message to the British that they wern't going to back down.
  • First Contiential Congress

    First Contiential Congress
    Link A meeting the American Colonists held because they were fed up with the Intollerable Acts that English Parlament had passed as punnishment for the Boston Tea Party. Everybody wanted something different for the American Colonies but the end, a declaration of colonial rights was drafted and sent to London.
  • Patrick Henry "Give Me Liberty"

    Patrick Henry "Give Me Liberty"
    Link In the closing of Delegate Patrick Henry’s famous speech, he proclaimed, "Give me liberty or give me death." The speech’s purpose was to convince the Virginia House of Burgesses to pass a resolution delivering the Virginia troops to the Revolutionary War. His speech was so persuasive that the Virginia troops were in fact allowed to enter the Revolutionary War.
  • Battles of Lexington and Concord

    Battles of Lexington and Concord
    Link This was the first Battle between the British and the Americans. The British's goal was to arrest John Handcock and Samuel Adams in Lexington and destroy the American Colonists ammunition in Concord. The Colonists hid in the woods and suprised attacked the British on their way to Boston. Their smart tactic proved them to be a threat. Eight Colonists were killed.
  • Midnight Ride of Paul Revere

    Midnight Ride of Paul Revere
    LinkPaul Revere was sent by Dr. Joseph Warren to warn John Hancock and Samuel Adams that British troops were coming. He road a horse through the countryside warning people as he went. In the middle of his journey he was arrested by British Patrol with William Dawes and Samuel Prescott. The other two men who were also telling people of the British arrival escaped but Revere was held captive for a while before being released.
  • Second Contiental Congress meets

    Second Contiental Congress meets
    Link After the battle of Lexington and Concord a second Continental Congress met. During the congress the sixty five delegates decided to officially disconnect from Great Britain, to appoint George Washington as comander-in-cheif of the Continental Army, to print paper money, and form and sign the Decleration of Indipendence.
  • Battle of Bunker Hill

    Battle of Bunker Hill
    Link The Americans found out that the British wanted to take over the oeninsula between the charles river and the mystic river and they knew that the best spot to fight them was onBreeds Hill because it is easier to shoot down a hill but much harder to shoot up. Though the British gained control of the hill it gave the American Colonists confidence in their army.
  • "Common Sense" Published

    "Common Sense" Published
    Link A pamphlet that was written by Thomas Paine. It was first published annonymously beause it refered to all of the problems the American Colonists faced and he could have been punished. It persuaded people to fight for their freedom from Britain.
  • British evacuate Boston

    British evacuate Boston
    Link The British forces were pushed out of Boston because of General George Washington's smart idea to place barriers and cannons on Dorchester Heights.
  • Declaration of Independence announced

    Declaration of Independence announced
    Link The Declaration of Independence was announced on July fourth after congress voted on July second. The document proclaims our freedom from Great Britain.
  • "The Crisis" published

    "The Crisis" published
    Link Thomas Paine wrote this collection of articles which talked about his view on supporting the American Revolution. Because of his convincing writing and persuasive tone they helped increaced colonial moral.
  • Washington captures Trenton

    Washington captures Trenton
    Link In early December when the American colonists reached the Deleware River and crossed it instead of taking a break for the winter, Washington cleverly thought to attack the Hension troops left by the British. Taken by surprise the Hessians were defeated.
  • Fort Ticonderoga

    Fort Ticonderoga
    LinkFort Ticonderoga was positioned on Lake Champlain. It protected the river connecting New France with the British American colonies. The fort was controlled by the British due to French and Indian War but was taken over by the Americans though they failed to keep it when many British troops attacked.
  • British defeated at Saratoga

    British defeated at Saratoga
    Link In October Gate's American Army was positioned between Albany and Burgoyne's British Army. Burgoyne and his troops attacked South of Saratoga the British were defeated, 86 percent of them captured.
  • Winter at Valley Forge, PA

    Winter at Valley Forge, PA
    Link The Continental Army spent 6 months in Philidalphia, PA under General George Washington. The American Army had enough trouble surviving winter, no fighting took place during these 6 months. Survival during the winter was hard because the troops did not have the proper clothing or shelter.
  • John Paul Jones defeats the Serapis

    John Paul Jones defeats the Serapis
    Link John Paul Jones was a naval fighter during the Revolutionary war. John Paul Jones defeats the Serapis in one of the most famous naval battles from the time period.
  • Benedict Arnold plans found out

    Benedict Arnold plans found out
    Link Benedict Arnold's wife Peggy Shippen was in correspondence with her old friend Major John Andre who happened to be the Chief of Intelligence for the British Army. Arnold would supply the British with information on American plans. Their correspondence was eventually found out along with Arnold's plans and Arnold was captured, though he ended up escaping.
  • Cornwallis surrenders

    Cornwallis surrenders
    Link Cornwallis and the British soldiers formally surendered in Yorktown after Washington and his troops attacked. Washington had blocked all the possible ways the British soldiers could have gotten supplies and surrounded them giving them no choice.