United States History Timeline

  • Great Awakening

    Great Awakening
    The Great Awakening was a widespread movement of evangelical Christian sermons and church meetings, that took place from Georgia to New England. Jothathon Edwards was a preacher and also a very important leader in the Great Awakening. The Great Awakening created freedom for many people in religion.
  • French and Indian War

    French and Indian War
    The conflict was played out in Europe, India, and North America. The French and Indian War, was the beginning of open hostilities between the colonies and Great Britain. The Bitish won the war.
  • Proclamation of 1763

    Proclamation of 1763
    Leaders feared that more fighting would take place on the frontier if colonists continued to move onto Indian lands. Because of this the British issued the Proclamation of 1763 to prevent more people from dying. They created a dividing line between colonial and Indian lands. In the end, the British won.
  • Sugar Act

    Sugar Act
    The Sugar Act was the first law that was designed specifally to raise money in the colonies. This raised money by taxing the colonists. During this, the colonists were furious, and prostested the act and called for a boycott on items with duties. The accused were presumed to be innocnet until proven guilty.
  • Stamp Act

    Stamp Act
    The Stamp Act required colonists to purchase a stamp for newpapers, pamphlets, legal documents, and other items. This was the first time they tried to attack. The colonists formed Sons of Liberty, boycotted goods, and used violence to frighten tax collectors; Stmap Act Congress asked Parliament to repeal the act.
  • Townshend Acts

    Townshend Acts
    The Townshend Acts places duties and imported glass, lead, paints, paper and tea. The crown used the revenue from these to pay military expenses and salaries of colonial governers. Colonists used boycotts, colonial legislaters circulated a letter prostesting the acts, and the Sons of Liberty attacked homes of tax collectors.
  • Boston Massacre

    Boston Massacre
    The Boston Massacre was an incident on March 5, 1770 in which British redcoats killed 5 men. Bostonians referred to the killings as the Boston Massacre. People agreed to defend the soldiers, arguing that they had acted in self defense during a riot.
  • Tea Act

    Tea Act
    Purchases attracted the interest of the British East India Company, which asked Parliament for permission to sell its tea directly to the colonies. Parliament agreed and passed the Tea Act in 1773. Company officials pointed out that they could charge the lowest prices even after consumers paid the tea tax. Colonists were concerned that if the British East India Company gained a monopoly on the tea trade, other companies would follow its example and threathen Colonial businesses.
  • Boston Tea Party

    Boston Tea Party
    Three ships loaded with tea arrived in the Boston Harbor in November of 1773. The Sons of Liberty and the Government of Massachusetts argued whether or not they should unload their ships cargo. The captains were afraid that the Sons of Liberty would be angered so they set an anchor in the harbor for weeks. On the night of December 16, a group pf colonists disguised as indians went to the boat and dumped 90,000 rounds of tea into the harbor. When word spread, streets were flooded with the news.
  • Intolerable Acts

    Intolerable Acts
    Intolerable Acts were punishment for the Boston tea Party. Lord North was furious about it so he made these four laws.
    1. Boston had to pay the cost of the destroyed tea. 2. They canceled Massachusetts's charter and gave the colony a legislature that met only when and where the government commanded. 3. He moved trials of royal colonial officials to Britain to get more sympathetic jury. 4. They Called Quartering Act, which required colonists to quarter, or house and supply, British soldiers.
  • Intolerable Acts 2

    Intolerable Acts 2
    Colonists called for large-scale boycotts, published propaganda, and convened the First Continental Congress. These delegates could discuss the problems facing the colonies and try to determine an appropriate response to British abuses of colonial rights.
  • Battle of Lexington/Concord

    Battle of Lexington/Concord
    The first shots starting the revolution were fired at Lexington, Massachusetts. On the evening of April 18th, the British troops were ferried across the Boston Harbor to start their march on Lexington. The colonists had been expecting a fight with the British. When the British soldiers reached Lexington, Captain Jonas Parker and 75 armed Minutemen were there to meet them. The Minutemen won the Battle.
  • Battle of Bunker Hill

    Battle of Bunker Hill
    The Battle of Bunker Hill was moral victory for the colonists. It demonstrated that despite superior British firepower, they could withstand a frontal assault from the British army. After Battle of Concord, British withdrew to Boston, where minutemen surrounded the City, they held Boston under siege. In mid-June, 1775, the British prepared no secure Charlestown, which overlooks Boston from across its northern Harbor.
  • Battle of Bunker Hill 2

    Battle of Bunker Hill 2
    Warned of the plan, Colonial forces dug defensive trenches atop nearby Bunker Hill. When the British awoke on June 17, they were shocked to see the colonial forces secured the hills.
  • Common Sense

    Common Sense
    Thomas Paine's Pamphlet "Common Sense" argued for breaking from British which spread throughout the 13 colonies. In relation to the population of the Colonies at that time, it had the largest sale and circulation of any book in American history.
  • Delaration of Independence

    Delaration of Independence
    The Declaration of Independence was written to protect the rights of the people and to separate from England. There are 400 words separated between the top and bottom which talk about principles and beliefs. There are 1000 words in the middle which talk about the abuses of the King. The Declaration of Independence talks about truths. These truths are: all men are created equally, we all have unalienable rights, life, liberty, and the persuit of happiness.
  • Battle of Saratoga

    Battle of Saratoga
    The Battles of Saratoga decided the fate of John Burgoyne's army in the American Revolutionary War, and are generally regarded as a turning point in the war. The battles were fought 18 days apart on the same ground, 9 miles south of Saratoga, New York.
  • Battle of Yorktown

    Battle of Yorktown
    The Battle of Yorktown was a battle between the Americans and French against the British. This took place in Virginia. The Americans had an army of 8,000, the French had an army of 7,800, and the British had an army of 6,000 men. The Battle of Yorktown was one of the last battles of the American Revolutionary War. The battle lasted 20 days.
  • Treaty of Paris

    Treaty of Paris
    This treaty, signed on September 3, 1783, between the American colonies and Great Britain, ended the American Revolution and formally recognized the United States as an independent nation.