U.S. 1700-1800

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  • Founding of Georgia

    Founding of Georgia
    Georgia, the last of the original 13 colonies, is founded when James Oglethorpe arrives to create a settlement for Britain's poor and debtors.
  • George Whitefield Arrives in America

    George Whitefield Arrives in America
    During the Second Great Awakening, George Whitefield arrives from England in America to preach to the colonists.
  • Jonathan Edwards Preaches "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God"

    Jonathan Edwards Preaches "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God"
    Jonathan Edwards, an influential preacher of the Great Awakening, preaches his famous sermon "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God" for the second time in Enfield, Connecticut. The sermon spiritually affects those who listen to it.
  • Beginning of Seven Years' War

    Beginning of Seven Years' War
    The Seven Years' War, a war between the French and the British, affects British colonists in America, who fight with the British against the French in Canada and their Native American allies.
  • Treaty of Paris ends Seven Years' War

    Treaty of Paris ends Seven Years' War
    The Treaty of Paris, combined with the Treaty of Hubertusburg from 5 days later, ends the Seven Years' War. Britain gains a great portion of Canada and the land beyond the Appalachians, but refuses to allow American colonists to settle there.
  • Royal Proclamation of 1763

    Royal Proclamation of 1763
    With the Royal Proclamation of 1763, resulting from Pontiac's War, American colonists are prevented from settling past the Appalachian mountains. The colonists, many of whom fought in the Seven Years' War, are angered that the British have taken away what they consider their hard-earned land.
  • Britain Passes Sugar Act

    Britain Passes Sugar Act
    Britain Passes the Sugar Act, a modification of the Molasses Act, in an attempt to raise money in taxes on sugar and to prevent American colonists from smuggling sugar from other nations' colonies. The act is widely disliked and unsuccessful
  • Britain Passes Stamp Act

    Britain Passes Stamp Act
    Britain passes the Stamp Act, a duty on stamped items. Like with the Sugar Act, American colonists are displeased and take actions against the act through boycotting and even rioting.
  • Britain Passes Declaratory Act

    Britain Passes Declaratory Act
    After repealing the unpopular Stamp Act, Britain passes the Declaratory Act, which states Britain's right to directly tax the colonies.
  • Pontiac's War Ends

    Pontiac's War Ends
    The war between Pontiac, a Native American leader bent on expelling colonists from North America, finally ends.
  • Boston Massacre

    Boston Massacre
    A small conflict in which British regulars fire upon American colonists, referred to as the Boston "Massacre", gives rise to anti-British sentiments.
  • Britain Passes Tea Act

    Britain Passes Tea Act
    The Tea Act, which actually lowered the tax on British tea exported to the colonies, caused much resistance.
  • Boston Tea Party

    Boston Tea Party
    In response to the Tea Act, Bostonians dress as Native Americans and board a ship bearing tea, which they dump into the harbor. Britain retaliates severely with the Intolerable Acts, which close Boston's port and enforce British rule.
  • First Continental Congress Meets

    First Continental Congress Meets
    The Continental Congress meets for the first time to discuss the colonies' state and to publish a "Declaration of Rights and Grievances."
  • Battles of Lexington and Concord

    Battles of Lexington and Concord
    The American War for Independence begins with the Battles of Lexington and Concord.
  • Second Continental Congress Meets

    Second Continental Congress Meets
    The Second Continental Congress meets to discuss the war. They create a Continental Army with George Washington at the head and attempt to send an "Olive Branch Petition" to Britain in hopes of ultimately maintaining peace.
  • Battle of Bunker (Breed's) Hill

    Battle of Bunker (Breed's) Hill
    The Battle of Bunker Hill, which actually takes place on Breed's Hill, results in an American loss but heavy British casualties.
  • Thomas Paine Publishes "Common Sense"

    Thomas Paine Publishes "Common Sense"
    Thomas Paine publishes his pamphlet "Common Sense", which explains why the American colonies must cut ties with Britain.
  • Declaration of Independence Approved

    Declaration of Independence Approved
    Thomas Jefferson drafts the U.S. Declaration of Independence. The Continental Congress approves it.
  • Washington Crosses the Delaware

    Washington Crosses the Delaware
    On Christmas Day, Washington crosses the Delaware River with his troops and takes Trenton.
  • Battle of Saratoga

    Battle of Saratoga
    The Continental Army wins the Battle of Saratoga in New York, convincing the French to side with the colonies.
  • Continental Congress Ratifies Articles of Confederation

    Continental Congress Ratifies Articles of Confederation
    The Continental Congress ratifies the Articles of Confederation, the country's first governing document. It allows each state one vote, but gives little power to the government.
  • Battle of Yorktown

    Battle of Yorktown
    The French and the American Colonists defeat British General Cornwallis in the coastal city of Yorktown, essentially ending the American War for Independence.
  • Official End of American War for Independence

    Official End of American War for Independence
    The American War for Independence officially ends after peace is negotiated in France.
  • Constitutional Convention

    Constitutional Convention
    The Constitutional Convention assembles to discuss the issues with the Articles of Confederation.
  • The Constitution is Ratified

    The Constitution is Ratified
    9 of 13 states ratify the new U.S. Constitution, allowing it to take effect.
  • George Washington Inaugurated

    George Washington Inaugurated
    George Washington, the first U.S. President, is inaugurated.
  • Bill of Rights

    Bill of Rights
    The Bill of Rights, or the first 10 Amendments, are added to the Constitution, guaranteeing certain rights to citizens.
  • Jay's Treaty

    Jay's Treaty
    John Jay signs Jay's Treaty with Britain in an attempt to provide compensation for American merchants affected by naval warfare between Britain and France. The treaty does not address the issue of impressment, however.
  • John Adams Inaugurated

    John Adams Inaugurated
    John Adams is Inaugurated as the second U.S. President.