American Revolution

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Seven Years' War

1754 - 1763

This war was long and very costly. To help ease the burden of war costs, Britain levied taxes on America. This made the colonists very unhappy, and it's ultimately what ignited the revolution.

Britain taxes America

1764 - 1773

Sugar Act (1764)
Quartering Act (1765)
Stamp Act (1765)
Townshend Act (1767)
Tea Act (1773)

Boston Massacre

March 5,1770

British soldiers kill 5 civilians and wound 6 more.

Boston Tea Party

1773

Colonists dump a cargo of tea into the Boston harbor in protest over the Tea act.

Formation of the Continental Congress

1774

Delegates from the thirteen colonies come together to govern the country during the revolution. It coordinated protests, boycotts, etc.

Start of War

1775

Tensions were so high between colonists and British army that they skirmished outside of Lexington. It started the American Revolutionary War.

Declaration of Independence

July 4, 1776

The Continental Congress adopts "The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America."

British Surrender

October 1781

George Washington surrounds Cornwallis at Yorktown, VA. After 28 day siege, British Surrender.

Treaty of Paris

September 1783

Diplomats conclude the Peace of Paris. The British government formally recognizes American independence.

Constitution of the United States

1787

Leaders draft blueprint for the new government. They called it the Constitution of the United States. It contains many Enlightenment ideals, including all men are created equal, the freedom of speech, and the right to abolish and establish a new government.