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.
Sugar Act (1764)
Quartering Act (1765)
Stamp Act (1765)
Townshend Act (1767)
Tea Act (1773)
British soldiers kill 5 civilians and wound 6 more.
Colonists dump a cargo of tea into the Boston harbor in protest over the Tea act.
Delegates from the thirteen colonies come together to govern the country during the revolution. It coordinated protests, boycotts, etc.
Tensions were so high between colonists and British army that they skirmished outside of Lexington. It started the American Revolutionary War.
The Continental Congress adopts "The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America."
George Washington surrounds Cornwallis at Yorktown, VA. After 28 day siege, British Surrender.
Diplomats conclude the Peace of Paris. The British government formally recognizes American independence.
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.