U.S. History Timeline

  • Great Awakening

    The Great Awakening was a period of evangelical Christian services. Church leaders saw that dedication in everyone's religious lives began to lack and began a series of revivals. Both social and political views were changed immensley by famous ministers such as George Whitefield and Jonothan Edwards. Religious enthusiasm was increased greatly during this time.
  • French and Indian War

    first time colonist united against British, British and France wanted Ohio valley and great lakes region. British wanted a piece of the french's fur trade, ended with treaty of paris. British gained Canada and lands east of mississippi river
  • Proclamation of 1763

    british issued proclamation to prevent French from settling on Indian lands. French could not live west of Appalachian mountains. British didn’t want colonist on Indian lands. Any colonist west of mountains forced to leave. Colonist hated proclamation.
  • Sugar Act

    first law passed by parliament called sugar act to raise money. Taxes set on molasses and sugar imported by the colonist
  • Stamp Act

    second law passes by parliament that required colonist to pay for an official stamp or seal when they purchased paper items. Colonist were required to pay for an official stamp when they bought newspapers pamphlets licenses legal documents and playing cards. The colonist could be put in the much hated vice-admiralty courts if they didn’t buy stamps. They saw it as a way for the British to make money
  • Townshend Acts

    Placed duties on imported glass leads paints paper and tea. British used special search warrants to get colonist who were smuggling goods. Vice-admiralty courts created. Colonist boycotted british goods. Samuel Adams wrote a letter arguing that acts were messing with rights.
  • Boston Massacre

    British soldiers battled colonist. Samuel Adams and other protestors used killings as propaganda against british.
  • Tea Act

    The Tea Act was a law passed by parliament made to reduce the amounts of extra tea. They raised taxes on almost all of the tea and the colonist became extremely aggrovated. This also upset wealthy smugglers such as Samuel Adams who lost huge amounts of money.
  • Boston Tea Party

    three ships loaded with tea arrived on boston harbor. Sons of liberty demanded they leave. Soverner of massachusetts ordered they be unloaded. December 16 colonist disguised as Indians. They dumped 90,000 pounds of tea. People in streets heard of tea party and shouted, “boston harbors a teapot tonight!”
  • Intolerable Acts

    New British prime passes coercive acts. Lord north heard of boston tea party and was pissed off. He made Law1: no boston harbor until all the money was paid off.Law2:canceled massachusetts charter and gave colonist a legislature that only met only when the government commanded. Law3: trials moved to Britain where the british would be given more sympathy. Law4: quartering act said colonist had to house british soldiers. Mercy Otis warren along with others wrote poem.
  • Battle of Lexington/Concord

    april 18 1775 paul revere wnt out in the evening with William dawes and knew the british were crossing Charles river and planning to march through concord. They got on their horses and warned the minute men that the british were coming. The morning of april 14 less than 70 min men met the huge force of british troops in Lexington village near concord. 8 colonist died 10 were wounded. British discovered weapons were hidden in concord and set fire to a couple buildings. Someone asked isacc dawis,
  • Battle of Bunker Hill

    Moral victory for colonist, demonstrated british superior firepower they could withstand. After battle of concord british withdrew to boston where the minute men sieged them. They then tried Charleston which overlooks the boston harbor. The colonist set up trenches around bunker hill and breed hill. Redcoats tried a frontal assault on colonist. They fought on breeds hill and british took contol of the hill but suffered from over 1000 casualtie while the colonist only suffered around 400.
  • Battle of Bunker Hill

  • Common Sense

    pamphlet from Thomas paine argued for breaking way from great Britain. Within 3 months colonist bought around 120,000 apics. Sales eventually reached 500,000
  • Declaration of Independence

    The Declaration of Independence was a document written by influential political leaders to grant colonies Independence. They believed all men were equal and had unalienable rights such as life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. The document stated that the government could be abolished if it wasnt ruling for the good of the people, and started to take away rights. After the were given their freedom they saw themselves as indepenent from England and each colony functioned as one state.
  • Battle of Saratoga

    Saratoga marked the greatest American victory up to that point. British froves made way to new York. Patriots outnumbered them and were defeated brutally
  • Battle of Yorktown

    general Cornwallis moved his forced to Yorktown. British had it under siege, they were going to attack. Cornwallis feared a bloody defeat and surrendered.
  • Treaty of Paris

    establish british recognition of the united sates, laid out its borders. Great lakes to the north, mississipi river to the west. British formally accepted American rights to settle and trade west of original 13 colonies.