United States History Timeline

  • Great Awakening

    The Great Awakening was an unorganized but widespread reformation of the church that included outdoor sermons and readings. It was started because church leaders thought that the colonists were losing their faith and devotion in religion. They thought that this new way of praising God would help renew their religious enthusiasm. It took place in the colonies from Georgia to New England. It was imoortant becaus it brought new classes and races to the colonies which improved their economy.
  • French and Indian War

    The French and Indian War was important because it took power and land away from the French. It was caused by mercantilism. The British and the French made many forts and constantly fought for land. The colonists responded by making their own militias and fighting the French and the indians. It ended because they didn't want global conflicts. It led to the Proclomation of 1763.
  • Proclomation of 1763

    The Proclomation of 1763 banned settlers from settling west of the Appalachian Mountains and kicked out settlers in the Ohio River valley. The French and Indian war led up to the proclomation. There were people that fought this rule, there were people who didn't care either way, and there were people that didn't follow this rule.
  • Sugar Act

    The sugar act placed taxes on imported mollases and sugar. Britain levid this tax because they needed money for the war. THe colonists became very mad because they now had to pay extra to import these essential supplies. The Sugar Act eventually led to the Stamp Act because the colonists protested so much.
  • Stamp Act

    The Stamp Act placed a tax on the colonists for an official stamp on all paper items. It was started because the Prime Minister had heard complaints about the Sugar Act. It would have been evaded if the colonies had come up with another idea to replace the Sugar Act. Although this was required, some colonists refused to pay the tax. It ended because some colonists protested with violence.
  • Townshend Act

    The Townshend Acts placed a tax on all imported glass, lead, paint, paper, and tea. The British made this tax because they needed money to pay for military expenses and for the salaries of colonial governors. British used writs of assistance tto collect the taxes. Writs of assistance were warrants to search homes for smuggled goods. The lkaw created courts to try smugglers. Even with these precautions, ppeople still boycotted and smujggled goods. This lkead to the Daughters of liberty.
  • Boston Massacre

    The Boston Massacre was especially important because it was the first thing that realy amde the king listen. It was caused by the king not listening to them. During the massacre, five colonists were shot and killed. This gave the colonists great confidence and motivation. The British were heavily outnumbered in the massacre.
  • Tea Act

    The Tea Act placed a tax on all imported tea. 12This was caused by the Boston Massacre. It was done to show that the British still had the right to tax the colonies. During the Tea Act, there were amny riots and the colonists united. The Tea Act lead to the most famous riot in the act, the Boston Tea Party.
  • Boston Tea Party

    The Boston Tea Party lead to the the end of the Tea Act. The Tea act was also the thing that led up to it. During the event, a large group of people raided a shiping vessel in a harbor and through all of the tea on board, overboard. This gained the colonists a lot of confidence. It also led up to the Intolerable acts.
  • Intolerable Acts

    THe Intolerable Acts were punishment for the Boston Tea Party. The Intolerabvle Acts shut down the Boston Harbor, where the Boston Tea Party was performed. It also limited Massachusett's legislature. Because of this act, the colonists banded together. It was eventually ended when the colonists protested and boycoted.
  • Battle of Lexington

    The Battle of Lexington was the full start of the Revolutionary War. It was caused by the colonists resistance of the British law. During the event, the two sides stared at eachother for a while. Then, an unkmnown person fried a shot. This shot is known today as the Shot Heard Around the World. This is the shot that officially started the Revolutionary War. The colonists suffered eight deaths and ten wounded. The British then ,marched to Concord, which started the Battle of concord.
  • Battle of Bunker Hill

    The Batlke of Bunker Hill gave the colonists confidence. It was caused by the Battle of Concord. During the battlke, the colomnists made a blockade to keep the Brithish inside of boston.
  • Common Sense

    The pamphlet called Common Senes, is wjat first gave the colonies the idea of breaking away from Great Britain. It was caused by Parliaments harsh control over the colonies. The idea and pamphlet spread rapidly throughout all of the colonies and into Europe. This caused the colonies to really start to want to break away from Britain and the colonists hewavily supported the the idea. It eventually led to the colonies independence from Britain.
  • Declaration of Independence

    The Declaration of Independence is the single most important document in U.S. history. It was the document that declared the colonies becoming independent from Great Britain. It explained all of the things that the KIng of England did that were corrupt and wrong. It gave just reasons to break free from them. It led to the United States.
  • Battle of Saratoga

    The Battle of Saratoga was a huge victory for the colonies. It boosted foreign countries support for the colonies. It was a large battle between the colonies and Britain. The British surrendered to the colonies because they were badly outnumbered and obviously had no chance of winning. It was a huge confidence builder for the colonies.
  • Battle of Yorktown

    The Battle of Yorktown was the final battle of the Revolutionary War. It was won because the British were weak and had little confidence. During the Batle, the colonists played sad songs and the leader of the Britich army cried. Because of this battle and many others in the past, the British surrendered the war.
  • Treaty of Paris

    The Treaty of Paris established British recognition of the new United States. It was caused by all of the hard fought battles by the colonists. It also established the borders of the U.S. The colonists were no longer colonists, but citizens of the U.S.