Revolutionary War Timeline


Treaty of Paris

February 10th, 1763

Britain became the world colonial power after defeating the French in colonial America

Proclomation line of 1763

October 7th, 1763

The Royal Proclamation of 1763 was issued October 7, 1763, by King George III following Great Britain's acquisition of French territory in North America after the end of the French and Indian War/Seven Years' War, which forbade all settlement past a line drawn along the Appalachian Mountains.

Sugar Act

April 5, 1764 - 1766

A law that was passed by the British Parliament due to the Americans smuggling sugar and molasses to the French.

Stamp Act

March 22nd, 1765 - March 17th, 1766

The Stamp Act was passed without debate on March 22nd, 1766, and the tax was imposed on newspapers, official documents, etc.

Declatory Act

March 18th, 1766

An act that the British had all the right to pass laws to the colonies without their content.

Townshend Acts

June 15th, 1767 - July 2nd, 1767

Named after Charles Townshend, a Loyalist. The first of these four acts was the Quartering Act, which lets the British soldiers stay in a colonist's home without consent. The second act was a tax on lead, tea, glass, paint and paper and strict direct trades. The third act was a big increase on searchers, spies, coast guard, etc.

Boston Massacre

March 5th, 1770

It wasn't really considered a massacre. Only 5 people died when the British started firing. One of colonial America's turning points before starting the Revloutionary War

Committees of Correspondence

March, 1773

The earliest committees of correspondence were formed temporarily to address a particular problem. Once a resolution was achieved, they were disbanded. The first formal committee was established in Boston in 1764 to rally opposition to the Currency Act and unpopular reforms imposed on the customs service. Used again after the British passed the Tea Act.

Tea Act

April 23rd, 1773

An act put into place due to East Indian Tea Company in Britain was falling into bankruptcy

Boston Tea Party

December 16th, 1773

Sons of Liberty dresses up as Mohawk Indians and dumped 9 tons of tea in the Boston Harbor.

Intolerable Acts

June 2nd, 1774

A collection of four new laws the British passed on the colonies. The first act was called the Boston Port Bill, closing the Boston Harbor until the money for the destroyed tea from the Boston Tea Party. The second act was called the Massachusetts Government Act took down the charter that was there since 1691. Massachusetts became a crown colony, substituting the military government under General Thomas Gage and forbidden the Massachusetts Assembly. The third act was called the Administration of Justice Act was made to protect British soldiers from capital punishments by the colonial court. The fourth and final act was the Quartering Act, which was revived from the previous Townshend Acts.

Battles of Lexington and Concord

April 19th, 1775

The first battle of the American Revolution. General Thomas Gage, who recently became governor of Massachusetts, set of toward Concord to raid the armory the colonists had set up. Unfortunately for them, their surprise attack failed thanks to Paul Revere, William Dawes and Samuel Prescott. Then they met by 70 local minutemen and others who were warned ahead of time. It was unclear who fired "The Shot Heard 'Round the World."
The minutemen in Lexington retreated down towards Concord and they regrouped. When the British army caught up to the minutemen they were surrounded by 4,000 minutemen and the British retreated. 73 British soldiers had been killed and 174 wounded; 26 were missing.