US History Timeline

  • Proclamation of 1763

    Proclamation of 1763
    The Proclamation of 1763 prevented settlers from settling west of the Appalachian Mountains to make peace with the Indians. The colonists did not care about the law because they wanted to live where they wanted to live and so they rejected the law right away.
  • Sugar Act (Revenue Act) (1764)

    Sugar Act (Revenue Act) (1764)
    The Sugar Act regulated taxes on sugar and molasses because of the problem of colonial smuggling. The colonists were upset by the law because the British then got into their business.
  • Currency Act (1764)

    Currency Act (1764)
    The Currency Act was an act that regulated currency and got rid of paper money for the pound sterling because they needed to be protected from devalued currency. The American colonists were once again upset because their colonies could not have their own currency.
  • Stamp Act (1765)

    Stamp Act (1765)
    The Stamp Act allowed the colonists to make and provide their own defense so the government could pay off the debt of victory. The colonists were once again not happy because they didn't feel equally represented to pay the taxes for their defense.
  • The Quartering Act (1765)

    The Quartering Act (1765)
    The Quartering Act was an act regulating where the British soldiers could live so they could receive food, transportation, and adequate lodging. Though the act helped the soldiers, the colonists were still upset because it forced them to pay for the needs of the army.
  • Declaratory Act (1766)

    Declaratory Act (1766)
    The Declaratory Act was and act that made the British taxing rights as in America because it then allowed for the government to make rights for the American Colonies. As expected, the colonists did not like the act because they felt like other taxes were coming.
  • Townshend Revenue Act (1767)

    Townshend Revenue Act (1767)
    The Townshend Revenue Act was an act that placed taxes on paper, lead, paint, tea, glass and more to regulate the New York assembly, who wanted to not pay for supplies. Again, the colonists were upset because they had to pay more taxes for more things.
  • Boston Massacre

    Boston Massacre
    The Boston Massacre was a fatal massacre. The colonists were upset with the British and their government because of the unfair laws. Because of the anger, this massacre broke out.
  • The Tea Act (1773)

    The Tea Act (1773)
    The Tea Act was an act that decreased tax on British tea so British merchants would not have an unfair advantage. The colonists were upset about the act because they felt it was a way to gain additional unwanted local support.
  • The Boston Tea Party

    The Boston Tea Party
    The Boston Tea Party was a political protest between the patriots and loyalists. They disagreed because they thought that there was no taxation without representation so this broke out.
  • The Intolerable Acts (1774)

    The Intolerable Acts (1774)
    The Intolerable Act was an act that uncreased government authority and disallowed town meetings and allowed inky food and water in the port because the government wanted to punish the colonists for their rebellious acts. The colonists went against it because it unified the colonists.
  • Lexington and Concord Battle

    Lexington and Concord Battle
    The Lexington and Concord Battle was a battle between the British and American colonists that made the Americans and Brits separate. The British purpose was that they were supposed to get their battle supplies that they gave the Americans when they trusted them but the Americans did not want to give them back. The Americans were not heard and they wanted their opinions to be heard so they made it happen when they got courage from the battle.
  • Bunker Hill (Breed's Hill)

    Bunker Hill (Breed's Hill)
    The Bunker Hill battle was a battle between Britain and the American colonies. The battle happened at Breed's hill however. Though Great Britain won the battle, the Americans were planning to stop the Brits plan and to win. The British plan was to get revenge on the Americans and to win over the hill so they could have tactical advantages. Although the British won, they still had a huge amount of people who were seriously injured and had fatal injury's.
  • Declaration of Independence

    Declaration of Independence
    The Declaration of Independence was declared by the colonists because they felt like they were getting unfair treatment from the King. It was important because it said that everyone should have the right of life, happiness, and liberty. This also united the 13 colonies because they all were treated unfair by the King.
  • Battle of Trenton

    Battle of Trenton
    The Battle of Trenton was a battle between the Americans and the Hessians with the British. The Americans won which was good because they needed a victory in their darkest time which also boosted their mood. The battle resulted in the Americans getting control and power over New Jersey.
  • Battle of Saratoga

    Battle of Saratoga
    The Battle of Saratoga was a battle between the Americans and the British and it consisted two battles. The Americans won and it was important because it was their first great victory and contributed to the American Independence. The British surrendered and because of the American victory, the morale of the American soldiers boosted.
  • Battle at Valley Forge

    Battle at Valley Forge
    The Battle at Valley Forge was another battle that the Americans won against the British/Hessians with the help of Gen. George Washington and Barron Von Steuben. They both helped lead the soldiers by leading them to success and training them. Because the Americans won, their confidence was boosted.
  • Yorktown Battle

    Yorktown Battle
    The Battle at Yorktown was a battle between the British and the Americans. The British Gen. moved and the American Gen. got mad and sent over his allies. The Americans won and this battle was starting to put the American Revolution to an end. After this battle, there were two years of peace after and a new nation was born.
  • Treaty of Paris (1783)

    Treaty of Paris (1783)
    The Treaty of Paris was a treaty that dealt with rights like fishing rights and it also made peace with England and the US by getting the Americans their independence. Lastly, this brought the revolution to a complete end.
  • The Whiskey Rebellion

    The Whiskey Rebellion
    The Whiskey Rebellion was a tax protest except it was violent. The US (13 colonies) had to pay back their debt so the government put a tax on whiskey. The colonists got mad and starting violently protesting which was unconstitutional so the president at the time, George Washington, got the militia involved because what they did was unconstitutional and he couldn't deal with it and he wanted to show the people that he was serious.
  • XYZ Affair

    XYZ Affair
    The French (F.) and Americans (A.) used to be friends but then the F. started attacking the A. ships. A. sent over 3 diplomats to negotiate the F.. Once they got there, 3 representatives from the F. (XYZ) came over to talk to the A. but when the A. asked to speak to the minister, the F. said not without money which made the A. mad. Because of that, the Federalists wanted war with the F. so they could get peace without giving money to the F. directly.
  • Virginia and Kentucky Resolutions

    Virginia and Kentucky Resolutions
    Their resolution was that the alien and sedition acts were unconstitutional. They felt that a tyranny was being created because in the constitutional, there is a lot of freedoms that if you were affected by the acts, you wouldn't get like freedom of speech and more.
  • Alien and Sedition Acts

    Alien and Sedition Acts
    These acts were made by the government but there were mixed feelings about it. It was to keep the US "safe", but to a lot of people it wasn't fair. The alien law stated that all "aliens" were deported and aliens were considered anyone dangerous which was very broad. The Sedition act was that if anyone said or published anything false about the government, it was a crime.
  • Embargo Act

    Embargo Act
    The Embargo Act was an act that the US president made to stop all contact with the British and French. This act was to get the French and British to stop attacking the US ships and to get them to respect the US without a war.
  • War of 1812

    War of 1812
    The British were attacking the US ships and violating the US and a war broke out because of it. There were people on both sides in the US who didn't want war and there were other people who did. The US were outnumbered and it was a problem.
  • McCulloch v. Maryland

    McCulloch v. Maryland
    McCulloch v. Maryland was an argument about how the government wanted to put a bank in Maryland because the US needed a place to store money, print money, and more but the government and people of Maryland got mad and said no. The government of Maryland said that the US government had to pay taxes. The US government said no until the court took the side of McCulloch which was the US government side.
  • Monroe Doctrine

    Monroe Doctrine
    The Monroe Doctrine was a statement made by the US president, James Monroe, that made clear that the Western Hemisphere was closed to everyone for colonization because it was US property. It also said that if this was followed, it would mean that they would stay away from the US and then if so, the US would stay away from them.