Olga’s Shays’s Rebellion Timeline


Intolerable Acts

Approx. 1774

A series of laws that were meant to punish colonists for resisting in the Boston Tea Party protest.

Start of American Revolutionary War

Approx. 1775

It all started in Lexington and Concord with "the shot heard round the world", when British soldiers(red coats) and the militia for the colonists(minute men) exchanged gunfire. This incident is what sparked the start of the American Revolution.

Declaration of Independence

Approx. 1776

The colonists officially cut off ties with Britain and they wrote their motives for why they are leaving British control and why they what Independence.

Victory at Saratoga

Approx. 1777

The British surrendered an Army of about 6,000 men near Saratoga, NY. This American Victory during the War for Independence was a turning point in the war. It was what helped to convince France to side with the Americans in the war.

Treaty of Alliance with France

Approx. 1778

It marked that France recognized the United States as a strong and independent nation. Because they signed the treaty with the Americans, Britain declared war on France.

Yorktown Surrender

Approx. 1781

General George Washington, aided by General Jean Baptiste de Rochambeau trapped Cornwallis and his men with 14,000 troops by land and 36 French war ships to block and help or escape from Britain. After this, the war was more of a stalemate for the next two years.

Treaty of Paris

Approx. 1783

This signing marked Britain finally recognizing the Independence of the US.

Shays Rebellion

Approx. 1786

An uprising of angry veterans and farmers about the unfair taxes imposed on them by the "corrupt" Massachusetts state legislature. The uprising exposed the dangerously weak government under the Articles of Confederation and aided George Washington's case for a strong central government.

Constitutional Convention

Approx. 1787

Delegates from each state came together in Philidelphia to discuss a new, stronger Federal government for the US. They came up with the 3 branches of government: executive, judicial, and legislative, along with checks and balances in order to ensure that no one branch has more power than the other. They also decided on the 10 amendments that would guarantee basic "individual protections" known as the Bill of Rights. The US Constitution was signed by 38 of the 41 delegates present at the end of the Convention.

Ratification of the Constitution

Approx. 1789

It was noted that the Constitution wouldn't be final until 9 of the 13 states ratified it first. Delaware was the first to ratify it. Massachusetts along with other states would only ratify it if there would be amendments "immediately proposed". June 21, 1788 New Hampshire was the 9th state to ratify the Constitution.