Events leading to the American Revolution


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.

Treaty of Paris (that ended the french and Indian war)

February 10th,1763

It was a peace treaty between The US and Britain. It took forever because the british did not fully believe with the U.S

Pontiac war

May 7th,1763

An Indian uprising after the French and Indian War, led by an Ottawa chief named Pontiac. They opposed British expansion into the western Ohio Valley and began destroying British forts in the area. The attacks ended when Pontiac was killed.

Proclamation of 1763

October 7th,1763

King George III issued a proclamation that forbade colonial settlement west of the Appalachian Mountains. In so doing, he hoped to placate Native Americans who had sided against him during the recently concluded Seven Years' War.

Sugar act

April 5th,1764

Parliament passed a modified version of the Sugar and Molasses Act (1733), which was about to expire. Under the Molasses Act colonial merchants had been required to pay a tax of sixpence per gallon on the importation of foreign molasses.

Stamp Act

March 22, 1765

The Sons of Liberty was an organization that was created in the Thirteen American Colonies. The secret society was formed to protect the rights of the colonists and to fight taxation by the British government. They played a major role in most colonies in battling the Stamp Act in 1765.

sons of liberty

August 14th,1765

declaration by the British Parliament that accompanied the repeal of the Stamp Act. It stated that the British Parliament's taxing authority was the same in America as in Great Britain. Parliament had directly taxed the colonies for revenue in the Sugar Act (1764) and the Stamp Act (1765).

Declatory Act

March 18, 1766

were a series of British acts passed beginning in 1767 and relating to the British American colonies in North America. The acts are named after Charles Townshend, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, who proposed the program.

Townshend Acts

June 15, 1767

The actions of the colonist in response to the Townshend Act convinced the British that they needed troops in Boston.Soldiers and colonists served to worsen relations.

British troops arrive to restore order in Boston

October 1st, 1768

The dispatched sent two regiments-(4,000 troops), to restore order in Boston. The daily contact between British soldiers and colonists served to worsen relations.

Boston Massacre

March 5, 1770

was a street fight that occurred on March 5, 1770, between a "patriot" mob, throwing snowballs, stones, and sticks, and a squad of British soldiers. Several colonists were killed and this led to a campaign by speech-writers to rouse the ire of the citizenry.

Tea Act

May 10th, 1773

passed by Parliament on May 10, 1773, granted the British East India Company Tea a monopoly on tea sales in the American colonies. ... The tax on tea had existed since the passing of the 1767 Townshend Revenue Act.

Boston Tea Party

December 16, 1773

incident in which 342 chests of tea belonging to the British East India Company were thrown from ships into Boston Harbor by American patriots disguised as Mohawk Indians.

Intolerable Acts

March 24, 1774

were harsh laws passed by the British Parliament in 1774. They were meant to punish the American colonists for the Boston Tea Party and other protests.

First Continental Congress meets

September 5th,1774

delegates from each of the 13 colonies except for Georgia (which was fighting a Native-American uprising and was dependent on the British for military supplies) met in Philadelphia as the First Continental Congress to organize colonial resistance to Parliament's Coercive Acts.