French and Indian War in North America. France gave all mainland, except New Orleans, to the British in order to retain their Caribbean sugar islands.
The Proclamation of 1763
October 7th 1763
George III prohibited all settlement west of the Appalachian mountains, the colonists were offended that they did not get to move out west anymore to find new land.
The Sugar Act
April 5th 1764
This act replaced the Molasses act, but made sure that it was more strictly enforced. It posed a high tax on anything with sugar in it, and in addition it limited the amount of goods that could be brought in by other countries and they must all go through the British customs.
The Stamp Act
March 22nd 1765
The Stamp act of 1765 was where every piece of paper, weather it be a letter, or a diploma, had to have a stamp on it.
The Quartering Act
May 15th 1765
The Quartering act required colonial citizens to pay for food and housing of the British soldiers.
The Stamp Act Congress
October 7th 1765
The Stamp Act congress was a group of high officials from a few states to repeal and replace the Stamp Act, deeming that the tax was too high and unnecessary.
The Townshend Act
June 29th 1767
The Townshend Acts were a high tax on goods like glass, lead, tea, paper, and paint. This was an outrage to the colonists, because to build a house you would need a lot of these materials, but they no longer were affordable.
The Boston Massacre
March 5th 1770
The Boston Massacre was an event in which five colonists were shot by British Soldiers. This caused a lot of propaganda to be made, and made it more convincing to the colonists to rebel against the British rather than to keep loyal
Repeal of the Townshend Act
April 12th 1770
The Townshend Act of 1767 was finally repealed by the British
The Tea Act
May 10th 1773
The Tea Act was put in place by British rule, because the East India Company was suffering a great loss of income. To make up for it, the colonists would only be allowed to import tea from the East India Company with a tax.
The Boston Tea Party
December 16, 1773
The Sons of Liberty was a rebellious group of patriotic individuals who would somewhat violently protest British rule at all cost. The took part in an event known as The Boston Tea Party, where they dressed up as Native Americans and threw tea into the Boston Harbor. This lead to the British implementing the Intolerable Acts
The Intolerable Acts
Approx. May 1st 1774
The Intolerable Acts were the consequences of The Boston Tea Party. This prohibited shipment into the Boston Harbor and prohibited local government and hearings. This lead to Colonies boycotting British goods.
The Continental Congress
Approx. September 1st 1774
The Continental Congress is essentially what takes down the Intolerable Acts. It is "committee" with representatives from each state that ask the British to repeal them.
The Battles of Lexington and Concord
April 19th 1775
The Battles of Lexington and Concord or "The Shot Heard Round the World" was the start of the Revolutionary War.
The Battle of Bunker hill
June 17th 1775
The Battle of Bunker Hill was the first major battle in the revolutionary war.
The Olive Branch Petition
July 5th 1775
The ending of the Intolerable Acts was exchanged for a ceased fire, but George the 3rd rejected and continued the war.
Thomas Paine publishes "Common Sense"
January 10th 1776
Thomas Paine's "Common Sense" played a very important role in the American Revolution. It convinced more people to become Patriots instead of being Neutral or Loyalists.
The Declaration of Independence
July 4, 1776
The Declaration of Independence was written and signed by many, to declare the American's independence from Great Britain.
The Battles of Saratoga
September 19th 1777
The Battles of Saratoga were the first battles that the Americans actually won. This gave the British lots of trouble and the Americans a lot of hope for the future.