the American Revolution

  • The First Treaty of Paris

    The first Treaty of Paris ends the French and Indian war and redefines land ownership of certain areas.
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    The American Revolution

  • The Townshend Act

    A series of 4 acts passed by British Parliament sponsored by Charles Townshend that imposed duties on glass, lead, paints, paper, and tea that was being imported into the colonies. In 1770, all duties, except for the tax on tea, were repealed.
  • The Boston Massacre

    A mob gathers and taunts British soldiers guarding the Customs House in Boston. The captain ordered his men to fix their bayonets and snowballs started flying. A snowball hit one of the British soldiers and he shot. Once the first shot was fired the other men fired too. 5 colonists died or were dying and 3 were injured.
  • Boston Tea Party

    Colonists were angry about Parliament enforcing the Tea Act so one night a group of them snuck onto a ship in the Boston Harbor and dumped all the tea into the water.
  • Second Continental Congress

    This was a convention of delegates from the thirteen colonies that began meeting soon after warfare in the American Revolutionary War began.
  • The Battle of Bunker Hill

    This battle was won by the British but the Patriots gave themselves a major confidence boost seeing how many casualties the British had.
  • Olive Branch Petition

    The Olive Branch Petition was a petition for peace written by John Dickinson, addressed to King George III to express hope for reconciliation between the colonies and England.
  • Common Sense

    Common Sense is a pamphlet, written by Thomas Paine, explaining why people should be supporting Americas independence. It is considered one of the most influential pamphlets in history.
  • Declaration of Independence

    A document declaring Americas independence from England.
  • Trenton

    George Washington and his army crossed the icy Delaware on Christmas Day and defeated a garrison of Hessian mercenaries.
  • Battle at Saratoga

    The two battles of Saratoga were turning points in the American Revolution. On October 7th, Burgoyne attacked the Americans at Bemis Heights but was defeated, retreated, and surrendered ten days later. The American victory convinced France to ally with the colonies.
  • The Battle of Yorktown

    General George Washington commanded 17,000 French and Continental troops attack Yorktown against British General Lord Charles Cornwallis and 9,000 British troops. The British surrender and it ends fighting in the American colonies. Peace negotiations begin in 1782.
  • The Second Treaty of Paris

    The Second Treaty of Paris officially ends the War for Independence.