pre-1784

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1492: Columbus Arrives in America

1492

1754-1763: French and Indian War

1754 - 1763

Drove Britain into debt, more American colonies, explains why French still prominent language in some places like Louisiana

1775-1783: United States War of Independence

1775 - 1783

1775: Battle of Lexington & Concord

1775

Important because first real battle in war of independence

July 1776: Americans Declare Independence

1776

Christmas 1776: Geroge Washington Takes Troops to Attack Cornwallis in Trenton

1776

Good for morale of the troops if only for a short time. At first, Washington was just trying to keep the revolution alive

October 1777: Washington settles for the Winter in Valley Forge

1777

Over winter, troops are given training by Baron Friedrich Wlihelm von Steuben (Prussian Officer)

1781: Battle of Yorktown

1781

Turning point in the war

1781: All of the States had Ratified Articles of Confederation

1781

It was agreement of what the rights of national and state government were

September 1783: Treaty of Paris

1783

Ended War of Independence