Timeline of the Revolution

  • The First Continental Congress meets

    The First Continental Congress meets in Philadelphia and issues Declaration and Resolves
  • Patrick Henry's "Give me liberty or give me death" speech

    Patrick Henry's "Give me liberty or give me death" speech
  • "The shot heard 'round the world."

    Minutemen and redcoats clash at Lexington and Concord "The shot heard 'round the world."
  • George Washington named Commander in Chief

    George Washington named Commander in Chief
  • Washington assumes command of the Continental Army

    Washington assumes command of the Continental Army
  • The British evacuate Boston;

  • the Cherokee attack along the entire southern frontier

    At the instigation of British agents, the Cherokee attack along the entire southern frontier
  • Congress adopts the Declaration of Independence

    Congress adopts the Declaration of Independence; it's sent to the printer
  • The United States and Great Britain sign the Treaty of Paris

    The United States and Great Britain sign the Treaty of Paris
  • U.S. Constitution signed

    U.S. Constitution signed