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1774: Paine's Common Sense established itself as a great political manifesto.

1774

Summer 1774: Under pressure from the committees of correspondence,

June 1774

John and Sam Adams with other delegates met in the First Continental Congress

June 1, 1774

September 1774: In the meeting, delegates established the Association,

September 1, 1774

which blocked trade with Britian until the Coercive Acts were repealed.

September 2, 1774

April 18, 1775: Paul Revere proved instrumental in Lexington and Concord

April 18, 1775

where minutemen exchanged volleys of fire with the British and forced a rout.

April 19, 1775

May 1775: The Second Continental Congress estabished a Continental Army with

May 1, 1775

Washington as head.They fretted the revolution would be an uprising by a clique

May 2, 1775

June 17, 1775: Colonials once again held against British at Bunker Hill.

June 17, 1775

December 1775: More conflict arose because of the Prohibitory Act's blockade

December 1775

and Lord Dunmore's suggestion to slaves to revolt.

December 2, 1775

1776: At the start of the war, England's military was partially composed of

January 1, 1776

Hessian mercenaries, while Washington's was militia and guerilla warfare based.

January 2, 1776

July 2, 1776: The Declaration of Independence is signed.

July 2, 1776

July 3, 1776: In response to William Howe's victory at Long Island

July 3, 1776

which in retrospect could have wiped out the colonial forces,

July 4, 1776

a general pardon was offered to Loyalists.

July 5, 1776

December 26, 1776: Washington barely escapes Cornwallis at Trenton

December 26, 1776

Oct. 4, 1777: Washington and his troops dig in at Valley Forge.

October 4, 1777

Oct. 17, 1777: At Saratoga, the Continental Army proved

October 17, 1777

too elusive for John Burgoyne

October 18, 1777

Feb. 6, 1778: Louis XVI of France signs the Treaty of Alliance

February 6,1778

after the American victory at Saratoga proves the colonials are a strong force.

February 7, 1778

May 12, 1780: At Charlestown, General Howe makes his debut/

May 12, 1780

Oct. 17, 1780: Backwoodsmen conquer the British at King's Mountain.

October 17, 1780

Jan. 1, 1781: Nathaniel Greene and Daniel Morgan drain Cornwallis' army

January 1, 1781

at Cowpens and then at Griford Courthouse.

January 2, 1781

Oct. 19, 1781: With the help of French forces under the Comte de Rochambaeu

October 19, 1781

the colonials force a British surrender and end the war at Yorktown

October 20, 1781