American Revolution Timeline


Proclamation of 1763

October 7, 1763

Forbade colonists from settling outside of the Appalachian Mountains. Was put in place to organize the colonies. Was also put in place to stabilize relationships with natives. It attracted British settlers to Quebec.

Sugar Act

April 5, 1764 - 1766

Passed as a indirect tax. Despite this, colonists were fully aware of this. This was passed to get the British economy to even out after the 7 Years War. Colonists were upset since ports were deeply affect caused economic losses.

Stamp Act 1765

November 1, 1765 - March 17, 1767

Passed because of the debt of the & Years War. Required stamps on all printed materials. It forced colonists to pay in British currency, not Colonists money. This angered colonists, rioting in many ways and also formed the Sons of Liberty.

Townshend Act

1767 - March 5, 1770

A series of acts. Partially repealed in 1770. British Parliment thought that colonists were angered that the Stamp Act was a direct act, not an indirect act leading up to the Townshend Acts. Colonists responded with boycotts.

Boston Massacre

March 5, 1770

British troops killed 5 colonists and injured 6 others. Colonists were mocking the soldiers leading to the shootings. They were later put on trial but found innocent because they acted in self defense. Colonists used this event to fulminate against British rule.

Tea Act

May 10, 1773

Was put in to reduce the massive surplus of tea held by the British East India Company which was facing financial troubles. The company was granted rights to export tea to America. Only British goods were to be sold, due to the Townshend Acts. Colonists responded in the Boston Tea Party

Boston Tea Party

December 16, 1773

Colonists dressed as Native Americans and dumped three shiploads of tea from British ships. This was a political protest performed by the Sons of Liberty. This was due to the fact that British officials wouldn't return taxed tea to the colonists. In response, the British Parliament passed the Intolerable Acts.

Intolerable Acts

April 22, 1774

In retaliation of the Boston Tea Party. This was a series of law put down on the British colonists. One of the acts closed down the Boston port. In response, the colonists held the first First Continental Congress which spread into the American Revolutionary War.

First Continental Congress

September 5, 1774

Agreement among colonies to boycott the purchase the purchase of British goods. If the Intolerable Acts weren't repelled, the colonists would refuse to export goods to Britain. Imports were dropped by 97% in Britain. This would breakout to the start of the Revolutionary War.

Battle of Lexington and Concord

April 19, 1775

Paul Revere assisted in alarming colonists that the British were coming and to prepare for war. First shots fire at Lexington. British troops were met at Concord by an army of minutemen. America won the battle.

Siege of Boston

April 19, 1775 - March 17, 1776

Minutemen from new England surrounded the city of Boston to prevent any British movement. 11 months of sieges. George Washington led the army forcing the British to flee by sea. The colonies had regained Boston.

Second Continental Congress

May 10, 1775

Managed colonial war efforts. Discussed moving toward independence.By the time this happened, the Revolutionary War has started. They voted to create the Continental Army with George Washington as general.

The Battle of Bunker Hill

June 17, 1775

Colonial forces were attacked by British troops. Colonial forces met them after two battles. After two attacks, the colonial army was defeated. Even thought the colonists had lost, they proved that they can compete with Britain.

Declaration of Independence

July 4, 1776

Thomas Jefferson was elected to write it. The declaration was distributed to colonies to read to audiences. Signed during war with Britain. Declared America's removal from Britain rule.

December 26, 1776

December 26, 1776

The famous Delaware crossing. Army led by George Washington. Patriot victory. Inspired the army and others were inspired to join.

Battle of Saratoga Springs

September 19, 1777 - October 7, 1777

Considered to be the turning point of the war. 2 battles were fought. British army loses 1,000 men leaving them outnumbered by the enemy 3:1. America continued to control and turn the war around.

Battles of Saratoga

December 19, 1777 - May 6, 1778

2,000 of Washington's men died. Walked out of Valley Forge on May 6, 1778. Army announced that France has joined their cause. Leads to the battle of Monmouth.

The Battle of Monmouth

June 28, 1778

Both sides lost men due to heat stroke. Washington's arrival inspired the already fighting American troops. No clear winner. Long Term memory victory for the Patriots.

Battle of King's Mountain

October 7, 1780

Was original plan to raid North Carolina. Instead of raiding, the fled back to South Carolina. British general dies, resulting in the British fleeing. Patriot win.

British Surrender At Yorktown

September 28, 1781 - October 19, 1781

Combined forces of Patriot Armies and French army vs the British Army. 7,000 British trooped captured. Leads to the Treaty of Paris. American victory of the battle and war.

Treaty of Paris

September 3, 1783

Ended the Revolutionary War. East and West Florida were ceded to Spain. French and Britain gain captured territories. Acknowledged that America was now free. Expanded territory for the colonists.

Washington's Farewell

September 19, 1796

Letter written to the People of the United States. Letter wrote near the end of Washington's 2nd presidency. Published in the Daily Advertiser. Washington announced his retirement. Known as the Farewell Address.