When did the Revolutionary War truly begin?

  • First American Legislature

    Most people consider the "shot heard round the world" to mark the beginning of the American Revolution, however the first meeting of a colonial legislature represented the colonists' desire to govern themselves, seperated them from the general people of Britain, and led to the development of distinct American ideology. Therefore, this meeting was the founding of the American Revolution.
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    When did the Revolutionary War actually begin?

  • Bacon's Rebellion

    Bacon's Rebellion demonstrated the level of intollerance that colonists had already developed for social inequality and government without representation.
  • Albany Congress

    This colonial meeting was organized to form an alliance between colonists and the Iroquois Confederacy. It showed the continued effort of colonists to form their own governments and make their own political decisions.
  • The Seven Years War

    The Seven Years War, also know as the French and Indian War, fostered tensions between colonists and the British. Colonists felt that the British were taking advantage of their resources, and they resented the fact that they were not allowed to serve in the British military forces.
  • Proclamation of 1763

    This act resulted from the end of the Seven Years War, and prevented colonists from settling west of the Appalachians. Many colonists resented this intrusion on what they viewed as "their land."
  • Parliamentary Acts

    A series of Parliamentary acts were passed, primarily the Stamp Act, Sugar Act, Currency Act, and Quartering Act, which colonists claimed the British did not have the right to impose on them. They believed that only their own governments could tax them, showing that in their minds their own governments were entirely seperate from Britain.
  • First Continental Congress

    The First Continental Congress represented the coming together of the colonies to take action. This showed their desire and determination to have their own legislative system.
  • Second Continental Congress Meeting

    After the disaster in Lexington and Concord, the Contitnental Congress meets again to establish a Continental Army.
  • The Shot Heard Round the World

    During the seige of Boston and the battles of Concord and Lexington, the very first shots were fired right past dawn in Lexington, Massachusetts. The first shots fired during the Revolutionary War.
  • "Common Sense"

    Thomas Paine's pamphelt "Common Sense" indicated the distinct difference in political ideology from Britian to the colonies.
  • Declaration of Independence

    The signing of the Declaration of Independence indicated the final assertion of colonists that they viewed themselves as seperate from Britain, and had the rigth to govern themselves.