US History Timeline

  • Proclamation of 1763

    Proclamation of 1763
    This act prohibits colonists from settling across west of the Appalachian Mountains. The British did this so that they had greater control over the colonies. This made the colonies unhappy, but the act didn't stop them they didn’t care and continued moving west.
  • Sugar Act of 1764

    Sugar Act of 1764
    This act made the colonists pay duties whenever they got imports from the motherland. The British passed this act because they needed to pay off their war expenses. This made the colonists unhappy because they didn't want to pay the price.This also lead them to smuggling items.
  • Currency Act of 1764

    Currency Act of 1764
    The Currency act banned the use of paper currency and required the imports to be paid in gold or silver. The British did this because they had a scarce supply of paper money and it costs a lot to make it. The colonist were unhappy and protested, but this didn't change the British's minds
  • Quartering Act of 1765

    Quartering Act of 1765
    This prohibited British soldiers from being stationed in private homes of the colonists. The colonists and the British soldiers usually didn't have a good relationship, so the British crown decided that they should stay in barracks instead. This made the colonists even more angry because it was a sign that they were not going to take the troops out of the colonies. This lead the colonies to attack the British soldiers.
  • Stamp Act 1765

    Stamp Act 1765
    This act taxed all official papers and official documents because the British needed money to pay for war expenses.
    The colonists were angry with the British and with more taxes on more things. The only thing the colonists did about this was completely ignore the taxes.
  • Declaratory Act of 1766

    This act meant that parliament ruled the colonies. The British did this for more power over the colonies so that they can tax them even more. When the colonists heard they were outraged because now with parliament in control they knew more acts were coming.
  • Townshend Revenue Act of 1767

    This act put duties on paper, paint, lead, tea, and glass because the were manufactured goods that had to be imported from the motherland. This meant that these items had double tax on them. The colonist were angry that more everyday items were being taken away from them, so they started smuggling these goods.
  • The Boston Massacre of 1770

    The Boston Massacre of 1770
    Hugh White was standing at his post when colonists came up and started to attack him. They threw snowballs and ice and called names. The bells in town rang to get all the colonists out of their houses. When the violence escalated supposedly a soldier heard the word fire. This set the whole massacre off. After the fact Preston asked why they shot at the colonists because he didn't say anything.
  • Tea Act of 1773

    This act gave the East India Company rights to export tea directly to colonies without paying taxes. They did this to punish the colonist for burning the ships with tea on them. The colonist were again infuriated because they didn’t like taxes or the East India Company.
  • The Boston Tea Party 1773

    The Boston Tea Party 1773
    The frustrated and angry colonists dumped 342 crates of tea into the Boston harbor. They were angry about some of their fellow colonists being killed during the Boston Massacre. They dressed up as Native Americans and had a very organized way of dumping this tea. This lead to the intolerable acts.
  • Intolerable Acts 1774

    Intolerable Acts 1774
    This act imposed hardship on the colonies with more taxing
    to further punish Boston for destroying the tea imports. The colonists thought this was a direct attack on liberty and it made them furious. This was the final straw that lead to rebellion.
  • Lexington & Concord

    Lexington & Concord
    The Battle of Lexington and Concord took place on April 19th in 1775. This colonist heard that the British were going after their ammunition, so they decided to defend it. They didn't want the British to further take over; they needed to make their acts of rebellion heard. The colonist ended up winning which increased their confidence. The Americans had 98 people killed, hurt, or captured. The British had 300 people killed, hurt, or captured. This made tensions even higher.
  • The Battle of Bunker Hill

    The Battle of Bunker Hill
    The Battle of Bunker Hill occurred on June 17, 1775. This battle was a response to British' plans to claim the hills and attack the colonists. When the colonists found out they went to claim the hill and make a fort on it; they were preparing for battle in the early morning. They hadn't finished building their fort when the British attacked. This gave them a disadvantage, and they ultimately lost. Although the colonists lost this battle, the British had many killed and injured soldiers.
  • Declaration of Independence

    Declaration of Independence
    The Declaration of Independence was when the colonists decided that they were not going to put up with British injuries any more. The British had taxed them, sent soldiers to live with them, and not let them have a voice or a say in any law making, and they were tired of it. In the document they stated their reasons and declared independence. This was the first step in the revolution.
  • Battle of Trenton

    Battle of Trenton
    George Washington led the American men against the British and the Germans to victory in the Battle of Trenton in New Jersey. He led his men across the Delaware River to Trenton to surprise the British on the day after Christmas. They aimed at their blocking section and captured and killed people in town. They won the war, and this willed them to keep fighting for freedom.
  • Battle of Saratoga

    Battle of Saratoga
    The battle of Saratoga was fought in the revolutionary war by the Americans, lead by Benedict Arnold and Horatio Gates, and the British lead by John Burgoyne. They fought in the New England region close to American land. There were two battles, and the British won the first battle and the Americans won the second battles. This gave them confidence, hope, and allies with Spain and France.
  • Valley Forge

    Valley Forge
    Nathanael Greene, Friedrich Von Steuben, George Washington were the American leaders who started this encampment. It was really cold and there was a food and water shortage. They had to lead the Americans to unite, and when they emerged they had a positive view point.
  • The Battle of Yorktown

    The Battle of Yorktown
    The French and the Americans are allies, and they are fighting against the British. George Washington was the leader of the Americans, and General Cornwallis was the leader of the British. The Americans won this battle, and it lead them to victory of the entire revolution. They won by surrounding them and cutting off their reinforcements. This showed that America was strong.
  • The Treaty of Paris

    The Treaty of Paris
    The Treaty of Paris was a document signed by the Americans and the British. It meant that the British had to respect the decision of revolution, and the American boundaries. There was peace between them, and the war had ended; the Americans won.