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French and Indian War

1754 - 1763

War between Great Britain and the French allied with the Native Americans. Britain won receiving the right to some of the New World and Canada.

Treaty of Paris 1763

February 10, 1763

Officially ended French and Indian War.

The Stamp Act

November, 1765 - March, 1766

Taxation on anything such as a newspaper, pamphlet, and other public and legal document had to have a Stamp, or British seal, on it. The Colonists believed this was wrong and shouldn't be ttaxed. It was eventually repealed.

The Boston Massacre

March 5, 1770

A shooting that killed 5 American colonists by British soldiers occupying the colonies.The colonists were aggravated and hurled stones and other garbage at the soldiers. The British Soldiers opened fire. This made Americans distrust the British even more

The Boston Tea Party

December 16,1773

Angry colonists made about the tax on tea board British ships in disguises. They proceed to dump over 300 cartons of tea into the Harbor. Tea was eventually boycotted throughout the colonies.

First Continental Congress

September 5, 1774 - October 26, 1774

56 representatives from 12 out of the 13 colonies (all but Georgia) meet secretly to discuss Britain's taxation.

The Ride of Paul Revere

4/18/1775

A silversmith rides through the country warning of the redcoats (British) coming. He gets captured but a colleague gets the message through rallying "minutemen" who grab their hunting rifles and prepare.

Second Continental Congress

May, 1775 - August, 1775

The same people met to discuss how badly the war was going. The Continental Congress created the Continental Army and named George Washington as commander-in-chief, created the Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation, and the Marines Corps.

The Battle at Bunker Hill (Breed's Hill)

6/17/1775 - 6/19/1775

Two-day battlebetween British forces and American forces. The Americans had occupied Breed's Hill in Charlestown in order to protect the shipyard of Boston. The next day, the British attacked. They took the hill but suffered heavy losses. The Americans fired until they were out of ammunition, then quickly retreated.

The Declaration of Independence Officially in Effect

July 4, 1776

The Declaration of Independence officially Declares America's Freedom. It was written by Thomas Jefferson. great Britain continued to wage war on America

Occupying Valley Forge

December 1777 - June 1778

American Soldiers occupy Valley Forge in Pennsylvania preparing to wage war. The winter was harsh and they were short on all supplies. George Washington and Baron von Steuben did drills with them to keep them occupied and eventually made them better.

The French Alliance

2/6/1778

The French ally with the colonies to wage war on Britain.

Battle at Monmouth

June 19, 1778 - June 28, 1778

The Americans under lead of George Washington attack the British led by Henry Clinton at Monmouth New Jersey. They fought in the heat for nine days until the British retreated at night on the ninth day.

The Articles of Confederation Adopted

3/2/1781

An original documentation of the government used during the war, because of this came the Constitutional Congress.

Treaty of Paris 1783 Signed Ending Revolutionary War

September 3, 1783

This had Britain recognize the independent nation of the United States of America. Britain agreed to remove all of its troops from the new nation. The treaty also set new borders for the United States. The United States agreed to allow British troops still in America to leave. The United States also agreed not to persecute loyalists still in America.

Constitution Ratified

9/17/1787

The U.S. Constitution is put into effect. This document and the first 10 amendments known as the Bill of Rights are the basis of America's strong central government.