Revolutionary War Timeline Events(IMPORTANT)
To study for Colonies/Revolution Unit Test that will include these events on a timeline. Student will have to know the definition of these events as well as their significance.
Terms in this set (15)
Great Awakening 1730
a revival of religious feeling in the American colonies during the 1730s and 1740s; sermons on spiritual equality led to discussions of political equality.
Proclamation of 1763
A proclamation from the British government which forbade colonists from settling west of the Appalachian Mountains, and which required any settlers already living west of the mountains to move back east. Colonists weren't allowed to settle or buy land there; it was the first time that the British government applied laws on the 13 colonies.
Stamp Act 1765
British law passed which required that all legal or official documents used in the colonies, such as wills, deeds and contracts, had to be written on special, stamped British paper; It was so unpopular in the colonies that it caused riots, and colonists boycotted goods.
Townshend Acts 1767
Charles Townshend's tax for the Americans on paper, paint, lead, glass, and tea; the colonists were outraged and this caused the British government to send soldiers to America.
Tea Act 1773
Britian placed a tax on tea and cut colonial merchants out of the tea trade; led Sons of Liberty to dump tea into Boston Harbor.
Boston Massacre 1770
In March 1770, British soldiers fired into a crowd of colonists who were teasing and taunting them. Five colonists were killed. The colonists blamed the British. The Sons of Liberty and used this incident as a reason to promote the Revolution by their use of propaganda.
Boston Tea Party 1773
demonstration by citizens of Boston who (disguised as Indians) raided three British ships in Boston Harbor and dumped hundreds of chests of tea into the harbor; led British government to pass the Coercive (Intolerable) Acts.
Intolerable Acts 1774
In response to Boston Tea Party, 4 acts passed in 1774. Port of Boston closed, reduced power of assemblies in colonies, permitted royal officers to be tried elsewhere, provided for quartering of troop's in barns and empty houses; increased colonial anger and led the colonies to meet at the 1st Continental Congress.
Lexington and Concord 1775
The first battle of the Revolution in which British general Thomas Gage went after the stockpiled weapons of the colonists in Concord, Massachusetts; marked the beginning of the American Revolution.
1st Continental Congress 1774
Delegates from the colonies met in Philadelphia to discuss the problems they were having with Great Britain; they extended a boycott of British goods and made military preparations. First time the colonists unite to solve a problem.
Common Sense 1776
A pamphlet written by Thomas Paine that claimed the colonies had a right to be an independent nation. It sold 500,000 copies; it appealed to those who were beginning to favor revolution and changed the way the colonists viewed the king.
Declaration of Independence 1776
The document approved by representatives of the American colonies in 1776 that stated their grievances against the British monarch; colonists officially declared themselves an independent nation.
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. It lifted American spirits, ended the British threat in New England by taking control of the Hudson River, and, most importantly, showed the French that the Americans had the potential to beat their enemy, Great Britain.
Battle of Yorktown 1781
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; it was the last major battle of the American Revolution.
Treaty of Paris 1783
A treaty between England and the Colonies that formally ended the American Revolution; Britain recognized America as an independent nation, set the new US boundaries and allowed settlement and trade west of the 13 original colonies.