American Revolution Timeline



1763 The Treaty of Paris ends the French and Indian War
1764 Parliament passes the Sugar Act and Currency Act
1765 Parliament passes the Stamp Act
The Quartering Act of 1765
Patrick Henry's Speech "If this be treason make the most of it"
The Virginia Stamp Act Resolutions
The Stamp Act Congress convenes
1766 Parliament repeals the Stamp Act and passes the Declaratory Act
1767 Parliament passes the Townshend Acts
1768 Samuel Adams writes the Massachusetts circular Letter
British troops are sent to Boston, Massachusetts
Boston Non-Importation Agreement
1770 Boston Massacre
Accept for duties on tea, the Townshend Acts are repealed
1772 The Gaspee British ship burned off Rhode Island
"The Votes and Proceedings" enumerating British violations of American rights published Boston citizens
1773 Parliament passes the Tea Act
Boston Tea Party
1774 Parliament passes the Coercive Acts/Intolerable Acts and the Quebec Act
The First Continental congress meet in Philadelphia
Articles of Association of 1774
1775 Patrick Henry's Speech "Give me liberty or give me death"
Paul Revere's Ride
Battles at Lexington and Concord between the Minutemen and the Red Coats
Fort Ticonderoga on Lake Champlain by Americans
The Second Continental Congress meets in Philadelphia
George Washington is appointed commander of the Continental Army
Battle of Bunker Hill
Benedict Arnold lead colonists, are defeated at Quebec
1776 "Common Sense" is published by Thomas Paine
British Troops evacuate Boston
The Virginia Declaration of Rights
The First Virginia Constitution
Lee Resolution
The Declaration of Independence is approved by the Continental Congress
Battle of Long Island, New York
British Take New York City
George Washington crosses the Delaware River
George Washington defeats the British in the Battle of Trenton
1777 George Washington victorious at the Battle of Princeton
Lafayette arrives in Philadelphia
Battle of Brandywine
George Washington is defeated at Germantown
British General Burgoyne surrenders at Saratoga
The Articles of Confederation are approved by Congress and sent to the states for ratification
Washington retires his army to Valley Forge for the winter
1778 France and the United States form an alliance
Washington's Army leaves Valley Forge
Battle of Monmouth
1780 British capture Charleston, South Caroliina
Benedict Arnold discovered to be a spy for the British
British General Cornwallis's troops retreat from North Carolina
1781 Battle of Cowpens, South Carolina
The Articles of Confederation ratified
Battle of Guilford Courthouse, North Carolina
Cornwallis surrenders to George Washington at Yorktown, Virginia
1783 Americans and British sign the Treaty of Paris
Washington resigns as Commander
1786 Shay's Rebellion in Massachusetts
1787 Constitutional Convention
Congress enacts The Northwest Ordinance
United States Constitution is signed on September 17
First part of Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay's Federalist Papers
1788 United States Constitution ratified
1789 First U.S. Congress under the Constitution convenes in New York
George Washington is elected the first American President of the United States
1791 First 10 amendments (The Bill of Rights) to the Constitution are adopted

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