Chapter 21

The American Revolution

Marquis de Lafayette

1575 - 1834

Thomas Paine

1737 - 1809

George III

1760 - 1820

The British Decided to Maintain a Large Army in North America


The Government Pushed the Stamp Act


The Dispute Over Taxes and Representation Flared up Again


The First Continental Congress Meet in Philadelphia


Thomas Paines' "Common Sense"


The American Revolution

1775 - 1789

Fighting Began at Lexington and Concord


The Second Continental Congress Adopted the Declaration of Independence


French Volunteers Were Arriving in Virginia


The French Government Offered a Formal Alliance to the American Ambassador


The Spanish and Dutch Declared War on Britain

1779 - 1780

Treaty of Paris


Delegates to the Constitutional Convention Met


The First Ten Amendments to the Constituion


The French Revolution

Edmund Burke

1729 - 1797

Olympe de Gouges

1748 - 1793

Mary Wollstonecraft

1759 - 1797

Napoleon Bonaparte

1769 - 1821

The French Revolution

1789 - 1791

Emmanuel Joseph Sieyes's "What is the Third Estate?"


Estates General Convene at Versailles

May 5, 1789

Third Estate Declared Itself the National Assembly

June 17, 1789

Oath of the Tennis Court is Sworn

June 20, 1789

Great Fear Ravages the Countryside

July, 1789 - August, 1789

Storming of the Bastille

July 14, 1789

National Assembly Abolishes Feudal Priveleges

August 4, 1789

National Assembly Issued the Declaration of the Rights of Man

August 27, 1789

National Assembly Confiscates Church Lands

November 1789

Burke Published "Reflections on the Revolution in France"


Wollstonecraft's "The Vindication of the Rights of Man"


Civil Constitution of the Clergy Establishes a National Church

July 1790

Louis XVI Agrees to Accept a Constitutional Monarchy

July 1790

Royal Family Attempts to Flee France

June 1791

Austria and Prussia Issue the Declaration of Pillinitz

August 1791

Wollstonecraft's "A Vindication of the Right's of Women"


France Declares War On Austria

April 1792

Parisian mob Attacks Palace and Takes Louis XVI Prisoner

August 1792

National Convention Declares France a Republic

August 1792

September Massacres

August 1792

Louis XVI Is Excecuted

January 1793

Reign of Terror

1793 - 1794

France Declared War on Britain, Holland, and Spain

February 1793

Struggles Occur Girondists and the Mountain

March 1793

The Mountain and Robespierre Organize the Committee of Public Saftey

April 1793

The Thermidorian Reaction Began

July 1794

Robespierre Was Excecuted

July 1794

The Directory Rules

1795 - 1799

Economic Controls Were Abolished


Austria, Great Britain, and Russia Formed the Second Coalition Against France


Pope Pius VII

1800 - 1823

The Napoleonic Era

Napoleon Overthrows the Directory

November 1799

Napoleon's Constitution Was Approved

December 1799

Napoleon Founds the Bank of France


Napoleon Defeats Austia


Napoleon Signs the Concordat with the Pope


France Signed the Treaty of Amiens with Britain


Britain Defeats the French and Spanish Fleet at Battle of Trafalgar

October 1805

Napoleon Defeats Austria and Russia at Battle of Austerlitz

December 1805

Napoleon Redraws the Map of Europe in the Treaties of Tilisit


Napoleon Invades Russia

June 1812

Napoleon Retreats From Russia

September 1812

The Quadruple Alliance was Formed

March 1814

Napoleon Abdicates the Throne

April 1814

Napoleon Escapes Exile but is Defeated at Waterloo