American Revolution

1775-1783

Events

Boston Tea Party

Dec 16, 1774

A group of men dressed up as Indians and dumped almost to what would now be $3,000,000 of tea into the ocean.

Patricks Henry's speech

March 23, 1775

"Give me liberty or give me death"
Becoming a battle cry for the upcoming war.

The British are Coming!

April 18, 1775

The rides of Paul Revere and William Dawes into Concord and Lexington to warn about the redcoats coming

The shot heard round the world

April 19, 1775

Minutemen and redcoats clash at Lexington and Concord

The shot heard round the world because these were the first colonies to fight back against the original country

Fort Ticonderoga seized

May 10, 1775

Green Mountain Boys capture British Fort Ticonderoga

Patriots burn Norfolk

Dec 11, 1775

Patriots defeat loyalist troops and made them retreat, in order to burn down Norfolk, SC

Common Sense

Jan 15, 1776

Common Sense, written by Thomas Paine, was published to increase the colonial beliefs of the freedom of the colonies

Virginia Declaration of Rights

June 12, 1776

Amendments created.

Declaration of Independence

July 4, 1776

Declaration of Independence is adopted by the Congress and is sent to the printer

Signing

Aug 8, 1776

Delegates begin signing the Declaration of Independence

Ridgefield

April 27, 1777

Benedict Arnold makes British retreat at Ridgefield CT

Battle of Saratoga

Sept 19, 1777 - Oct 7, 1777

Turning point in the revolutionary war,
Gives France assurance that the Americans could win the war and they should send troops in their effort to help.

French Alliance

Feb 6, 1778

The Americans and French sign an alliance to defeat the British

Newtown

Aug 29, 1779

After two massacres, patriots begin burning down Indian villages

French Arrive

July 11, 1780

French arrive in Newport to aid the Americans

Hanging Rock

Aug 6, 1780

American troops defeat loyalists "tories" at Hanging Rock, SC

Resigned

March 20, 1782

Lord North resigned as British Prime minister

Articles of Peace

Nov 30, 1782

British and Americans sign a peace treaty

British last presence

Nov 25, 1783

British troops leave New York City

Washington Resigns

Dec 23, 1783

Washington resigns as a military general, after major win against the Brits