Untitled timeline


Boston Massacre

March 5, 1770

British Troops open fire on civilian Bostonian Crowd
Killing five colonists
First blood drawn between British and Colonists
Symbolizes shift from activism to more of a state of war (not war yet)

Boston Tea Party

December 16, 1773

Colonials boarded and seized three East India Company ships and illegally dumped taxed British tea into the Boston Harbor.
First act of violence among Colonial protests.
Prior, British had attempted to mend Colonial affairs, after this even they no longer felt the need to act civilly.

Boston Port Act (1st Intolerable Act)

May 13, 1774

Closed Boston Ports until the East India Company was repaid for destroyed tea
British and the Crown felt it was necessary punishment for Boston
Colonists were enraged for the entire city was punished for the acts of a few individuals
Raised anger towards Great Britain

Massachusetts Government Act (3rd Intolerable Act)

May 20,1774

Parliament ends democratic government in Massachusetts
Allows government to appoint legislature
Limited Town meetings to one per year
Outraged colonists because they were, in essence, being controlled by Parliament overseas

First Continental Congress

September 5, 1774

Delegates from all colonies (excluding Georgia) formed Congress
Start of an individual government within the colonies
Shift from unofficial private meetings to declaring political power apart from the British Government

State of Rebellion

February 9, 1775

Massachusetts starts to form militias, in preparation for war
Britain declares the colonies in a state of rebellion
While not declaring war against the colonies, it is basically the same

Battle of Bunkerhill

June 17, 1775

Conflict on Bunker Hill near Boston.
British Captured Bunker Hill but lost near a third of deployed troops.
Considered the start of the Revolutionary War.

Start of Revolutionary War (2 Sentences)


The Revolutionary War started when the British Parliament declared the Colonies in a "State of Rebellion". Prior to this event, the Colonist's delegates sought to repair their relations with the British, however after this event, war was almost inevitable and in the words of Patrick Henry "There is no retreat but in submission and slavery!...The war is inevitable—and let it come! I repeat it, sir, let it come."