APUSH Timeline

Pre-Revolutionary Era

Started after the French Indian War debt tarrif.

Minutemen Groups

1760 - 1769

to be 1st responders to brit war

Tax Pattern

1763 - 1773

Parliament taxes, colonies-protest, repeal of tax. Then the cycle goes over again.

End of French & Indian War


Cause of tariff anger in colony.

Stamp Act

1765 - 1766

This brought lots of controversy because it was the tyrannical control on the fastest means of communication of the time.

Townshed act

october 1 1767 - october 2 1767

Boston Massacre


The Boston Massacre, known as the Incident on King Street by the British, was an incident on March 5, 1770, in which British Army soldiers shot and killed people while under attack by a mob

Boston Tea Party


The demonstrators, some disguised as Native Americans, in defiance of the Tea Act of May 10, 1773, destroyed an entire shipment of tea sent by the East India Company. They boarded the ships and threw the chests of tea into Boston Harbor.

1st Continental Congress


Response to the intolerable acts

Intolerable Acts


Passed after the Boston Tea Party

Lexington and Concord

April 19, 1775

On the night of April 18, 1775, hundreds of British troops marched from Boston to nearby Concord in order to seize an arms cache. Paul Revere and other riders sounded the alarm, and colonial militiamen began mobilizing to intercept the Redcoat column. A confrontation on the Lexington town green started off the fighting, and soon the British were hastily retreating under intense fire.

Decleration of Independence

July 4, 1776

The Declaration of Independence is defined as the formal statement written by Thomas Jefferson declaring the freedom of the thirteen American colonies from Great Britain.

Colonial Era

Great Age of Discovery

1450 - 1550

The age of conquistadors ignited by the empires of the time and their greed, power and land. It was made extremely popular due to Christopher Columbus and his expedition to the Asia by sailing west of the Atlantic


1587 - 1590

Led by John White this 100 person colony mysteriously disappeared leaving behind a looted colony with the words "croatoan" carved on walls and tree trunks. The first colony but not the first successful colony often referred to as "the lost colony".

Roger Williams

1603 - 1683

Established the providence of Rhode Island, after fleeing possible arrest in Massachusetts.

Salutary Neglect

1607 - 1763

Colonial Era

1607 - 1763

Remember this is the era of mechanism, which was the time of conquistadors, and harsh living for both the natives as well as the pilgrims.

jamestown established


This was the town saved by John Rolfe's tobacco (he also married Pocahontas. Remained Virginia company's capital until 1699. This is an achievement as it is the first successful colony from England.

Pilgrams land

Nov 11, 1620

The separatists fed up with the Holanization of their youth finally ventures to the new world. Here they suffer harsh new seasons, up to forty-five of the 102 immigrants died the first winter and were buried on Cole's Hill.

MayFlower Compact

Nov 11, 1620

The first democratic document ever written in the new world. Written by so called Saints (male separatists on the Mayflower.

Massachusetts Bay Colony


John Locke

1632 - 1704

Locke argued against the belief that human beings are born with certain ideas already in their minds. He claimed that, on the contrary, the mind is a tabula rasa (blank slate) until experience begins to “write” on it.

Ann Hutchinson

1634 - 1643

Hutchinson is known chiefly for her role in the antinomian controversy in Massachusetts Bay Colony.She brought attention to Cotton’s spirit-centered theology through biweekly meetings, championing him and her brother-in-law John Wheelwright as true Christian ministers. She was banished and fled to Rhode Island after banished from the Massachusetts Bay colony. Co-founder of Rhode Island.

Massachusetts General School Act

1642 - 1648

This was the first attempt of public schooling

Maryland Toleration Act


Freedom of Christian worship. First step to the Religious Freedom Act.

Acts of Trade and Navigation

October 9, 1651

Mercantile theory is stated into effect. This included selling goods only to England, the creation of illegal smuggling (John Hancock made his fortune through smuggling), "salutary neglect" meaning the laws were not being enforced. This act created the first seams of separation from the mainland due to tyranical power from the King.

French and Indian War

1754 - 1763

The French and Indian War was the North American conflict in a larger imperial war between Great Britain and France known as the Seven Years’ War. The French and Indian War began in 1754 and ended with the Treaty of Paris in 1763. This war led to war debt that in turn led to an increase in tax.

Fort Duquesne

1754 - 1758

This was a fort on English territory in the Americas that was destroyed, Fort Pitt was created on the ashes.

Pre-Revolutionary Era

February 10, 1763 - July 4, 1776

The time leading up to the Revolution