The American Revolution

Timeline created by margaret.swanson1
In History
  • Proclamation of 1763

    Proclamation of 1763
    King George III prohibited settlement west of the Applachain mountains. This intervention in colonial affairs offended the 13 colonies' claim to the exclusive right to govern lands to their west.
  • Stamp Act

    Stamp Act
    Parliament required all legal documents, newspapers, and pamphlets to use watermarked, or 'stamped', paper on which a tax would be placed. Colonists were angered because they did not want to pay more taxes.
  • Quartering Act

    Quartering Act
    Colonists were required to house British troops and provide them with food, clothing, etc. The colonists did not react well with this act and some refused to oblige.
  • Boston Massacre

    Boston Massacre
    The colonists were pretty upset with the prescence of troops and Britain's colonial policy, so a crowd began harassing a group of soldiers. A soldier was knocked down by a snowball and discharged his musket, sparking a volley into the crowd which kills five civilians.
  • Boston Tea Party

    Livid about the tea, which had an indirectly placed tax on it, American Patriots disguised themselves as Mohawk Indians and dumped tea from the merchant ships in the Bostson harbour.
  • Battle of Lexington and Concord

    Battle of Lexington and Concord
    First engagements of the Revolutionary War between British troops nd the Minutemen, who had been warned of the attack by Paul Revere.
  • Battle of Bunker Hill

    The first major battle of the Revolutionary War. Sir William Howe dislodged William Prescott's forces overlooking Boston at a cost of 1054 British casualities to the Americans' 367.
  • France provides covert aid to the Americans

  • Congress issues the Declaration of Independence

  • British Surrender at Saratoga

    British surrender 5,700 troops at Saratoga. British, German, and Loyalist forcers under Major General John Burgoyne were lacking supplies so they had to surrender to Major General Horatio Gates. It was considered the turning point of the war.
  • Articles of Confederation are ratified

  • Surrender of British forces under Cornwallis at Yorktown

  • Treaty of Paris formally ends the Revolutionary War

  • British troops leave New York City

  • Washington resigns as Commander

  • Constitutional Convention

  • U.S. Constitution signed

  • U.S. Constitution adopted, when NH ratifies it

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    Shay's Rebellion

    MA's rebellion led by the Revolutionary War veteran Daniel Shays against high taxes.