American Revolution Timeline

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September 1774: It's an intercolonial agreement to stop trade w/ Britain.

1774

(until the repeal of the intolerable acts)

September 1774: the “Association” is created.

1774

9/5/1774: The Congress has 55 delegates including John Adams and Samuel Adams.

1774

9/5/1774: Continental Congress meets to discuss the future of the colonies.

1774

Summer 1774: committees of correspondence call for a Continental Congress.

1774

December 1775: Lord Dunmore encouraged slaves to rebel against their owners.

1775

December 1775: German mercenaries were hired to fight colonists.

1775

December 1775: Prohibitory Act passed: American ports were blockaded.

1775

May 1775: delegates fretted and refused to declare independence.

1775

Despite the fact that Congress was performing as a separate national government, delegates fretted and refused to declare independence since it could have seemed like this was a declaration made by a clique rather than the popular opinion of the colonists.

May 1775: George Washington appointed as commander of Continental Army.

1775

May 1775: Second Continental Congress meets.

1775

6/17/1775: Battle of Bunker Hill (Breed’s Hill), British take the hill.

1775

British find nothing important in Concord, march back to Boston = a rout

1775

Paul Revere warns colonists of arrival of the British army, assembles minutemen

1775

4/18/1775: Lexington & Concord: 1st shots of the revolution are fired.

1775

(British discharge a volley.)

1776: General William Howe replaces Gage, issues a general pardon.

1776

He also issues a general pardon to any colonials who will swear their allegiance to George III.

1776: Washington avoided guerilla warfare & general actions. His army = symbol.

1776

1776: Hessian mercenaries hired to fight for the British.

1776

1776: Thomas Paine’s Common Sense was a democratic manifesto.

1776

, encouraging colonists to seek independence.

July 1776: Congress votes independence, Declaration of Independence is written.

July 1776

August 27, 1776: Battle of Long Island. Washington loses.

August 1776

Washington’s troops suffer a major defeat and run away – Howe misses what was in retrospect an excellent opportunity to capture Washington’s troops.

December 25, 1776: Washington wins against Hessians at Trenton.

December 1776

December 25, 1776: Washington’s army surprises Hessian soldiers at Trenton and attacks, this happiness is short lived due to Lord Cornwallis, who trapped the army – but Washington secretly escaped.

December 25, 1776: Cornwallis traps army, army escapes.

December 1776

December 25, 1776: Washington’s army surprises Hessian soldiers at Trenton and attacks, this happiness is short lived due to Lord Cornwallis, who trapped the army – but Washington secretly escaped.

1777: Washington’s troops proved to be extremely elusive.

1777

August 16 1777: At the battle of Bennington, Gen. John Burgoyne loses to Gates.

August 1777

August 16 1777: At the battle of Bennington, General John Burgoyne intended to clear Saratoga and take control of the Hudson, but lost and surrendered 5800 men to General Horatio Gates.

Winter 1777: Washington's troops in Valley Forge.

October 1777

October 4 1777: Washington’s troops attempt to get the British out of Germantown but fail and end up in Valley Forge for the winter, where many men die.

February 6 1778: Treaty of Alliance established

February 1778

February 6 1778: Treaty of Amity and Commerce as well as the Treaty of Alliance were established

April 1778: Lord North sent peace commission to America, (Earl of Carlisle)

April 1778

spring 1780: Battle of Charlestown w/ Gen. Clinton. American loss.

1780

spring 1780: Battle of Charlestown, with the new General Henry Clinton who’d replaced Howe after Saratoga. The Americans were defeated

10/7/1780: King’s Mountain, colonists beat a force of British soldiers & Tories.

October 1780

October 7 1780: At King’s Mountain, backwoodsmen decimated a force of British soldiers and Tories.

January 17 1781: He weakened Cornwallis’ army at the Battle of Cowpens

January 1781

early 1781: Congress sent Gen. Nathaniel Greene to the South

1781

October 19 1781: Battle of Yorktown

October 1781

October 19 1781: Washington, Greene, and French troops under Comte de Rochambeau surrounded Cornwallis’ army, and he surrendered (Battle of Yorktown)

10/19/1781: Cornwallis surrounded by colonials & French (Comte de Rochambeau)

October 1781

October 19 1781: Washington, Greene, and French troops under Comte de Rochambeau surrounded Cornwallis’ army, and he surrendered (Battle of Yorktown)