1700-1799

Main Events

Great Awakening Begins in Massachusetts

1734

Stono Slave Rebellion in South Carolina

1739

King George's war

1744 - 1748

Currency Act passed

1764

Sugar Act passed

1764

Stamp Act crisis

1765

Mutiny Act passed

1765

Stamp Act repealed

1766

Declaratory Act passed

1766

Townshend duties imposed

1767

Boston Massacre

1770

Most Townshend duties repealed

1770

Committees of Correspondence established

1772

Tea Act passed

1773

Boston Tea Party

1773

First Continental Congress Meets

1774

Intolerable Acts Passed

1774

Battles of Lexington and Concord

1775

Second Continental Congress meets

1775

Battle of Bunker Hill

1775

First state constitutions written

1776

Common Sense published

1776

British troops leave Boston

1776

Declaration of Independence signed

1776

Battle of Trenton

1776

Articles of Confederation adopted

1777

Battles of Princeton, Brandywine, and Germantown

1777

Howe occupies Philadelphia

1777

Washington camps at Valley Forge for winter

1777

Burgoyne surrenders to Gates at Saratoga

1777

French-American alliance

1778

Clinton replaces Howe

1778

British troops leave Philadelphia

1778

War shifts to South

1778

British captures Savannah

1778

British capture Charleston

1780

Massachusetts ratifies state constitution

1780

States cede western lands to Confederation

1781 - 1784

Cornwallis surrenders at Yorktown

1781

Articles of Confederation ratified

1781

Treaty of Paris recognizes US independence

1783

First ordinances establish the procedures for settling western lands enacted

1784 - 1785

Confederation settles in New York

1785

Shay's Rebellion in Massachusetts

1786 - 1787

Annapolis Confederation meets

1786

States ratify Constitution

1787 - 1788

Constitution adopted

1787

Bill of Rights adopted

1789

Judiciary Act of 1789

1789

Samuel Slater builds textile mill in Rhode Island

1790

First Bank of the United States chartered

1791

Washington is reelected

1792

Eli Whitney invents the cotton gin

1793

Whiskey Rebellion in Pennsylvania

1794

Jay's treaty signed

1794

Thomas Paine's The Age of Reason published

1794 - 1796

Pinckney's treaty signed

1795

XYZ Affair

1798

Alien and Sedition Acts

1798

Kentucky and Virginia resolutions passed

1798

Presidents

George Washington

1789 - 1797

John Adams

1797 - 1801

States

Vermont becomes fourteenth state

1791

Kentucky becomes fifteenth state

1792

Tennessee becomes sixteenth state

1796