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Revolutionary War Timeline
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French and Indian War (1754-1763)
British and French fought for control of the Ohio River Valley; colonists joined Britain in hopes of moving west if they won.
The Treaty of Paris (1763)
It gave Britain control over all of Cananda and almost all of the U.S. Spain got control over the land west of the Mississippi
Proclamation of 1763
British proclamation that stated that all land west of the Appalachians was reserved for Native Americans
Sugar Act of 1764
A tax on sugar, molasses, and other things.
Stamp Act of 1765
Newspapers, documents, and other items made of paper had to have a stamp on it; buying a stamp was a form of taxation
The Townshend Act (1767)
Taxed imported glass, paper, lead, paints, tea
Boston Massacre (1770)
Boston Massacre, British soldiers fired into a crowd of colonists who were teasing and taunting them. Five colonists were killed. The colonists blamed the British and the Sons of Liberty and used this incident as an excuse to promote the Revolution.
Tea Act (1773)
Parliament repealed all fo the taxes from the Townshend duties, but they refused to lift the tax on tea
Boston Tea Party (1773)
December 16, 1773, 50 colonists dressed as Indians (the Sons of Liberty) dumped 10,000 pounds of tea from 3 ships in the Boston Harbor as protest to the tea tax.
Intolerable Acts (1774)
Boston's punishment for the tea party; ended town meetings, closed the Boston Harbor until the tea was paid for, made a newer, harsher Quartering Act.
Lexington & Concord (1775)
The sites of the first battles of the American Revolution (April 19, 1775)
Second Continental Congress (1775)
After Lexington and Concord, congress established the continental army and made George Washington Commander in Chief
The Battle of Bunker Hill (1775)
The first major battle of the war; the colonists protected Breed's Hill as the British marched up to the attack. The colonists finally retreated when they ran out of ammunition; the British lost many soldiers.
Declaration of Independence (July 4, 1776)
This declaration of our freedom from England was worked on by a committe of 5 men (Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Roger Serman, Robert Livingston). Thomas Jefferson actually wrote it. It was adopted by Congress on July 4, 1776 and the final draft was signed on August 2. John Hancock signed his name large so "King George could read it without his spectacles."
Battle of Trenton (1776)
Washington crossed the Delaware River and launched a surprise attack on a group of Hessians the morning after Christmas
Battle of Saratoga (1777)
Turning point of the American Revolution. It was very important because it convinced the French to give the U.S. military support.
Valley Forge (1777-1778)
Place where Washington's army spent the winter of 1777-1778, a 4th of troops died here from disease and malnutriton, Baron Von Steuben comes and trains troops
Battle of Yorktown (1781)
Battle of Yorktown/British soldiers officially surrendered., Last major battle of the Revolutionary War. Cornwallis and his troops were trapped in the Chesapeake Bay by the French fleet. He was sandwiched between the French navy and the American army. He surrendered October 19, 1781.
The Treaty of Paris (1783)
a peace agreement that officially ended the Revolutionary war and established british recognition of the independence of the US
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