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The American Revolution

  • Georgians meet to discuss Intolerable Acts

    Georgians meet to discuss Intolerable Acts
    After talking for a while the representatives decided to send a resolution to parliament demanding the citizens of the 13 colonies to have the same rights as a British citizen. They insisted that the intolerable acts do not agree with the rights and privileges of an Englishman.
  • The First Continental Congress

    The First Continental Congress
    The states except Georgia sent a representative to do discuss the Intolerable Acts. Half of the congress wanted to separate from Brittan but the other wanted to have changes and remained under British rule. The congress was angry that Georgia did not send a representative.
  • Provincial Congress

    Provincial Congress
    The First Provincial Congress met in January of 1775. It met to discuss growing unhappiness but the meeting was not successful and it was adjourned without much being done.
  • The Battle of Lexington and Concord

    The Battle of Lexington and Concord
    The battle of Lexington and Concord was the first battle of The Revolutionary War. Once the news reached Georgia, many people wanted to join the revolution. There were many protests and things that colonists did to fight the British rule.
  • The Second Continental Congress

    The Second Continental Congress
    Georgia sent representatives this time and the other states were very angry with them. but work was needed to be done and a petition was singed and finished. it was sent to the king who declined it. but ti was a step because all the states were now on the same side.
  • The Council of Safety

     The Council of Safety
    Shortly after the first shots had been fired at the battles of Lexington and Concord, a Council of Safety had met and prepared to form a new government. In doing so, the group officially withdrew Georgia from Great Britain. In doing so, this left Governor Wright without power. Wright was arrested in mid-January of 1776 by the Liberty Boys. A month later, Wright escaped and fled the colony. This left The Council of Safety to govern Georgia.
  • The Second Provincial Congress

    The Second Provincial Congress
    When the second provincial congress was held the group was ready to take positive steps in the revolution. During the Meeting members were chosen to go to Philadelphia and represent Georgia.
  • "Common Sense"

    "Common Sense"
    Common sense was a pamphlet written by Thomas Paine that urged colonists to separate from Brittan. It was a sensation and 120,000 copies were sold in less than 3 months. John Adams quoted about the influence that Thomas had and said "Without the pen of Paine the sword of Washington would have been wielded in vain. I think it means that his influence caused colonists to support the war so there would be no fighting without colonists supporting it.
  • The Declaration of Independence

    The Declaration of Independence
    The Declaration of Independence is a document written as a letter to Brittan. It is essentially stating that the 13 colonies are breaking off from Brittan. It has a part telling what they want for a government, a part with all of the complains that the colonies had under British rule, and a part officially stating that all of the thirteen colonies are independent from Brittan. July 4th the constitution was approved and July 24 Georgia ratified the constitution.
  • Georgia’s 1st Constitutional Convention.

    Georgia’s 1st Constitutional Convention.
    Georgia adopted its first constitution in 1777 after its 1st Constitutional Convention. In the Constitution was a layout of the states government and a list of official laws for the citizens to follow. It also divided the colony into 8 counties named Burke, Camden, Chatham, Effingham, Glenn, Richmond and Wilkes. They are named after British subjects who supported the revolution.
  • Articles of Confederation

    Articles of Confederation
    The Articles of Confederation was an agreement among the 13 states that legally established the United States of America as a confederation. It was drafted by the Continental Congress in 1776 and served as the countries first constitution. It was drafted by the Continental Congress in 1776, but when in use it quickly fell apart because the national government was to week and the laws were not enforced strictly.
  • The Attack on Savanah

    The Attack on Savanah
    In December of 1778, brittish troops attacked Savannah. They captured it and other cities quickly because the small amount of Georgian soldiers were no match for the highly trained British. Georgia became under British control and Governor Wright returned to take charge of the government.
  • Battle of Kettle Creek

    Battle of Kettle Creek
    Moral of the colony was low until Georgia had a victory in 1779. A rebel group lead by Elijah Clarke defeated a force of more than 800 British troops at the Battle of kettle Creek. It was a small victory in terms of the whole war but lifted the spirits of the colonists.
  • Siege of Savannah

    Siege of Savannah
    In September of 1779 22 French ships and 4,000 French soldiers allied with 15,000 Americans laid siege to savannah. They blockaded the ports for a while and on October 9 the Americans and French attacked British positions. The attack was a disaster and over 1,000 American and French soldiers lay dead. Georgia was under rule for the next 3 and a half years.
  • Battle of Yorktown.

    Battle of Yorktown.
    General George Washington, the commander of the Continental army, was helped by French forces when he faced British General Lord Cornwallis in October 1781, at the Battle of Yorktown, Virginia. There was a total of 8,800 Americans and 7,800 French against 6,000 British troops. The American forces won that battle, forcing Cornwallis to surrender. Cornwallis did not know that British ships carrying 6,000 men were on their way to help him. They arrived just six days after his surrender. The French
  • Treaty of Paris

    Treaty of Paris
    In September of 1783 the redefined Treaty of Paris was signed by Britain, France, and America ending the Revolutionary war. Independence was finally a reality for the 13 colonies. Although only 11 battles and skirmishes were fought in Georgia the state was proud of their part in the war.