American Revolution

Ayanna T. & Nyla H.

1760: King George III ascends to the throne of England.

1763: Treaty signed between England and France ending the French and Indian War.

1765: Parliament passes The Stamp Act as a means to pay for British troops on the American frontier.

1766: March 18- The Stamp Act was repealed but on the same day parliament passes the Declaratory Act asserting its right to make laws binding on the colonies.

1768: October- British troops arrive in Boston to enforce customs laws

1770: March- Four workers shot by British troops stationed in Boston.

1770: The Patriots labeled the killings "The Boston Massacre".

1773: December- Massachusetts patriots dressed as Mohawk Indians protest the British Tea Act by dumping crates of tea into the Boston Harbor.

1774: January- The privy council reprimands Benjamin Franklin in London for leaking letters damaging t the Royal Governor of Massachusetts.

- September: First Continental Congress convenes in Philadelphia.

1775: April- Shots fired at Lexington and Concord. "MInute Men" force British to Boston. George Washington takes command of the Continental Army.

1776: JANUARY- Thomas Paine's Common Sense was published.

July 4- Thomas Jefferson's Declaration of Independence was ratified by the Congress. A huge British force arrives in New York harbor bent on crushing the rebellion.

December- Washington crosses the Delaware River and captures a Hessian force at Trenton, NJ. Congress sends Benjamin Franklin to France to urge the French to ally with America.

October 17th- Americans capture Burgoyne and his army at Saratoga.

1778: February- France signs a treaty of alliance with the United States and the American Revolution becomes a world war.

1780: British attack Charleston, SC.

1781: African American Elizabeth Freeman sues for her freedom in Massachusetts.

1785: Treaty talks with Spain for rights to navigate the Mississippi fail because of regional conflicts between northern and southern states.

1786-87: Shay's Rebellion, an armed insurrection of debt-ridden farmers in Massachusetts, quashed by the state militia.

1788: The crucial states of Virginia (June 25) and New York (July 26) become the 10th and 11th states to pass the Constitution.1791: December- A Bill of Rights passed by the 1st Congress of the United States.

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