The Beginning of the Revolutionary War

  • French and Indian War

    French and Indian War
    The French and Indian War is the war between Great Britain and France in North America from 1754 to 1763. In 1756, the war erupted into the world-wide conflict known as the Seven Years' War.
  • The Sugar Act

    The Sugar Act
    The Sugar Act of 1764 halved the previous tax on molasses. In addition to promising stricter enforcement, the language of the bill made it clear that the purpose of the legislation was not to simply regulate the trade but to raise revenue.
  • The Stamp Act

    The Stamp Act
    The stamp act is when the legislation required a tax to be paid on the transfer of certain documents
  • The Tea Act

    The Tea Act
    The Tea Act reduced the massive surplus of tea held by the financially troubled British East India Company in its London warehouses. This was supposed to convince the colonists to purchase Company tea, thus implicitly agreeing to accept Parliament's right of taxation.
  • The Boston Tea Party

    The Boston Tea Party
    The Boston Tea Party was an action by the colonists in Boston against the British government. On December 16, 1773, after officials in Boston refused to return three shiploads of taxed tea to Britain, a group of colonists boarded the ships and destroyed the tea by throwing it into Boston Harbor.
  • Battle of Lexington and Concord

    Battle of Lexington and Concord
    The Battles of Lexington and Concord were the first military engagements of the American Revolutionary War. They were fought on April 19, 1775, in Middlesex County, Province of Massachusetts Bay, within the towns of Lexington, Concord, Lincoln, Menotomy and Cambridge, near Boston.
  • Second Continetial Congress

    Second Continetial Congress
    The Second Continental Congress was a convention of delegates from the Thirteen Colonies that started meeting on May 10, 1775, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, soon after warfare in the American Revolutionary War had begun. It succeeded the First Continental Congress, which met briefly during 1774, also in Philadelphia.
  • Publishing of Common Sense

    Publishing of Common Sense
    Common Sense is a pamphlet written by Thomas Paine. It was first published anonymously on January 10, 1776, during the American Revolution. Common Sense presented the American colonists with an argument for freedom from British rule at a time when the question of independence was still undecieded.
  • Declaration of Independence

    Declaration of Independence
    The Declaration of Independence was a statement adopted by the Continental Congress on July 4, 1776. It announced that the thirteen American colonies then at war with Great Britain regarded themselves as independent states, and no longer a part of the British Empire.
  • Valley Forge

    Valley Forge
    Valley Forge in Pennsylvania was the site of the military camp of the American Continental Army over the winter of 1777 to 1778 in the American Revolutionary War.
  • Shays' Rebellion

    Shays' Rebellion was an armed uprising in central Massachusetts from 1786 to 1787. The rebellion is named after Daniel Shays, a veteran of the American Revolutionary War. The rebellion started on August 21, 1786, over financial difficulties.
  • Constitutional Convention

    Constitutional Convention
    It took place on May 14 to September 17, 1787, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to address problems in governing the United States of America. Although the Convention was intended to revise the Articles of Confederation, the intention was to create a new government rather than fix the the existing.