The Events of the American Revolution

  • Sugar Act

    The Sugar Act put a tax on molasses and sugar imported by colonists.
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  • Stamp Act

    The Stamp Act required colonists to pay for an official stamp or seal when they bought paper items.
  • Townshend Act

    This act passed a duty on glass, lead, paints, paper, and tea. Eventually it was boycotted, but the tax on tea remained.
  • Boston Massacre

    The Boston Massacre was the result of frustrated colonists acting out again the British troops, causing a total of 5 people dying. This event is also known as the "beginning" of the American Revolution.
  • The Tea Act

    The Tea Act stated that the colonists could only buy tea from the Britain East Company. It actually made tea cheaper, but the colonists were angry about their loss of freedom.
  • Boston Tea Party

    The Boston Tea Party was an event of angry colonists dressing up as Indians and loading the ship on Boston Harbor and dumping out all of the tea they could. All because there was an act passed by parliament that put a tax on tea.
  • First Continental Congress

    The 1st Continental Congress was held to find a solution to the Colonial and British conflict.
  • The Intolerable Acts

    The Intolerable Act (also known as the Coercive Acts) were a series of acts passed by Great Britain in reaction to the Boston Tea Party.
  • Declaration of Rights

    Written at the 1st Continental Congress, delegates stated what rights that they should have that were being denied to them.
  • Lexington & Concord

    These two battles officially marked the "beginning" of the American Revolution.
  • The Battle of Bunker Hill

    Even though they didn't win, the Americans proved they could indeed hold up a fight against the British.
  • Olive Branch Petition

    The Olive Branch Petition was the last attempt the delegates took to repair the damaged relationship between the Colonies and Great Britian. If the King turned it down, they would go to war. This is exactly what happend.
  • Common Sense

    Common Sense may be one of the most influential pieces of writing anyone wrote during the Revolution. Thomas Paine persauded many people to support going to war with Britain and provided reasons as to why they should all through this very powerful pamphlet.
  • Second Continental Congress

    The delegates met again, this time to discuss if they were going to break free from Great Britain. With the rejection of the Olive Branch Petition, the colonies officially broke free from Great Britain.
  • Declaration of Independence

    The Declaration of Independence was the official document that stated the colonies were free from Great Britain.
  • Battle of Trenton

    The battle of Trenton was a huge win for the U.S. The Continental Army surprised the Hessians on Christmas night. With no preparation, the U.S. quickly won this battle.
  • Battle of Saratoga

    The Battle of Saratoga was the turning point for the United States in the American Revolution.
  • The Siege of Charleston

    General Clinton of the British force sent General Cornwallis and 8,500 soldiers to capture Charleston, SC. The patriots had no chance of winning because of how outnumbered they were, so they were forced to surrender.
  • Battle of Yorktown

    The Battle of Saratoga was the last "official" battle of the American Revolution. Again, with lack of soldiers, the British were forced to surrender.
  • Treaty of Paris

    The Treaty of Paris ended the Revolutionary War.