The American Revolution

Timeline created by Spencer Pantelas
In History
  • Navigation Acts

    Navigation Acts
    The rise of Dutch carrying trade threatened English shipping. The Navigation Acts, made it so only English ships could bring goods into England, and that the North American colonies could only export its resources like tobacco and sugar.
  • French and Indian War ends

    French and Indian War ends
    The French and Indian War began due to the upper Ohio River valley being questioned if it was a part of the British Empire. This caused the British territory to expand more in the New World.
  • Stamp Act

    Stamp Act
    Britain needed money due to them being in debt from the war, so they taxed the colonists. The colonists boycotted British goods. They also organized the Sons of Liberty and the Daughters of Liberty.
  • Boston Massacre

    Boston Massacre
    From unfair laws to upset colonists, a fight broke out between the soldiers and colonists. Colonists threw snowballs at the soldiers and some rocks. Soldiers fired their weapons. In the end, five men were killed.
  • Tea Act

    Tea Act
    The colonists were against British goods that had hurt their trade, so the British revoked the Townshend Acts after the Boston Massacre. Colonists angered, they boycotted and stopped buying tea.
  • Boston Tea Party

    Boston Tea Party
    The Tea Act forced colonists to buy tea but with a tax. Colonists then dressed up as Native Americans and boarded three ships. They dumped the tea into the water.
  • Coercive/Intolerable Acts

    Coercive/Intolerable Acts
    Several laws had been passed due to the Boston Tea Party. One effect was closing Boston Harbor until the colonists paid for the tea that was destroyed. The colonists against this came together and would later form the Continental Congress.
  • First Continental Congress

    First Continental Congress
    The King was frustrated about the Boston Tea Party punished the colonists. American colonists came together to fight the Intolerable Acts. The colonists then discussed what they should do about Britain.
  • Lexington and Concord

    Lexington and Concord
    The tensions were building up from problems in Massachusetts between the American colonies and British rule. Hundreds of British soldiers marched to Concord. War broke out between Patriots and Redcoats.
  • Second Continental Congress

    Second Continental Congress
    A convention of delegates from the colonies came to observe the colonial war efforts that were slowly moving towards independence. In the end, the Articles of Confederation were finally signed by the delegates.
  • Declaration of Independence adopted

    Declaration of Independence adopted
    A statement was written by the Continental Congress more by Thomas Jefferson. The Declaration was to explain why Congress declared independence. This day embarks the birth of the United States of American Independence day.
  • Battle of Saratoga

    Battle of Saratoga
    Burgoyne moved his troops to flank the American position on Bemis Heights. Benedict Arnold anticipated this and placed troops to counter the attack. This battle was a turning point in the Revolution. The French, Dutch, and Spanish decided to join them.
  • Winter at Valley Forge

    Winter at Valley Forge
    A great experience for the American army at Valley Forge. Hundreds died from disease. The Continental Army's experience at Valley Forge reshaped it into a more unified force capable of defeating the British and winning American independence
  • Battle of Yorktown

    Battle of Yorktown
    British troops led into Yorktown started a war. Cornwallis surrendered to George Washington. The British surrender at the Battle of Yorktown ended the American Revolutionary War.
  • U.S. Constitution written

    U.S. Constitution written
    The cause of the U.S. constitution was the failure of the system of government, the Articles of Confederation. The U.S. Constitution was a system that divided power between states and the central government.
  • U.S. Constitution adopted

    U.S. Constitution adopted
    Articles of Confederation could not collect taxes to raise money. The Constitution guarantees every American fundamental rights and protection of life, liberty, and property.