History Timeline

Events

French and Indian War

1754

The French and Indian War was a war fought between Britain and France over the land in Ohio.

Proclamation line of 1763

1763

The Proclamation line of 1763 was a line set across the Appalachian Mountains by the British. The colonists were not allowed to settle west of this line.

Treaty of Paris 1763

1763

This treaty ended toe French and Indian War. France gave all of it's territories in America to Britain and it's allies.

Sugar Act

1764

The Sugar Act was a law set in place by the British to tax sugar. It also strengthened the enforcement of smuggling laws.

Stamp Act

1765

The Stamp Act was a law set in place by the British to tax the sale of many goods. When you bought these goods, such as paper, the goods had to have a stamp showing that you bought it legally.

Sons of Liberty Form

1765

The Sons of Liberty were a group of colonists who rebelled against the laws of the British. They specifically fought against the British taxes.

Declaratory Act

1766

The Declaratory Act was an act passed by parliament that removed the Stamp Act and declared that parliament had just as much power in the colonies as they did in Britain.

Townshend Act

1767

The Townshend Acts were multiple laws passed by parliament, the most notable one being the Revenue Act.

Boston Massacre

1770

The Boston Massacre was an event where British soldiers fired into a crowd of men, killing 5 of them.

Boston Tea Party

1773

The Boston Tea Party was an event where men raided a British ship and threw tea into the Boston Harbor to protest the taxation of tea.

Coercive Acts (Intolerable Acts)

1774

The Coercive Acts were acts passed to punish the colonies, specifically Massachusetts, after the Boston Tea Party.

First Continental Congress

1774

The First Continental Congress was a group of representatives from each colony that met at Carpenters' Hall in Philadelphia to discuss the problems that the colonies were facing.

Lexington and Concord

1775

Lexington and Concord were the places that the "first battles" of the revolutionary war took place.

Second Continental Congress

1775

The Second Continental Congress was a second meeting of the Continental Congress to discuss more problems that the colonies were facing and the possibility of independence.

Thomas Paine publishes "Common Sense"

1776

"Common Sense" was a very popular book that pushed the idea of independence to the people in the American Colonies.

Declaration of Independence

1776

The Declaration of Independence is a document that was signed to declare the colonies' independence from Britain.

Battle of Saratoga

1777

The Battle of Saratoga was "the turning point of the Revolutionary War." It was a great victory for the colonies over the British.

Battle of Yorktown

1781

The Battle of Yorktown, Virginia was a great victory for the colonies. George Washington led the battle, and they defeated the British in one of the last major battles of the Revolutionary War.