1763: England defeated French in the French and Indian war

The English defeat the French in the  French and  Indian war, which  happened because both the Britain  and French wanting to extend their  land west of the Appalachian  mountains, known as Ohio territory.  To pay for this war, they taxed the English – speaking settlers with taxation without representation.

Mar. 2, 1765: The Stamp Act

As part of taxation without representation, Britain set the stamp act, a tax that requires expensive postage stamps on all mail.

Mar. 5, 1770: The Boston Massacre

During the Boston Massacre, Boston colonists are shot at by British troops. 

Dec. 16, 1773: The Boston Tea Party

Boston colonists calling themselves the sons of Liberty board Britishships and dump crates of tea into Boston harbor at Britain’s expense.

Sept. 1774: The First Continental Congress Meets

Representatives from the colonies get together to unite and oppose British taxes.

April 18, 1775: America Starts the Revolution

America officially starts the war, the first shots fired in Massachusetts.

April 18, 1775: Paul Revere’s Ride

As a cause of the Revolutionary war, Paul Revere makes his famous ride to warn the colonists that the “British are coming!”

Winter of 1777-1778: Valley Forge

The continental army under George Washington spends the winter training at Valley Forge.

Feb. 16, 1778: Alliance with France

France recognized the United Nations as an independent country with the treaty of alliance.

Mar. 2, 1781: Articles of confederation

Defined as the official government of the United States.

Oct 19, 1781: Battle of Yorktown

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The last major battle of the American revolutionary war.

Sept. 3, 1783: Treaty of Paris

The treaty of Paris was the treaty that officially ended the war.

April 19, 1775: Battle of Lexington and Concord

The first “shot heard around the world”–the Americans win as the British retreat.

May 10, 1775: Capture of Fort Ticonderoga

The Green Mountain Boys led by Ethan Allen and Benedict Arnold capture fort Ticonderoga from the British.

June 16, 1775: Battle of Bunker Hill

This was a major battle in the American Revolution, where Britain defeated the Americans.

July 4, 1776: The Declaration of Independence is Adopted

Continental congress adopts the declaration of independence, written by Thomas Jefferson.

Dec. 25, 1776: George Washington crosses the Delaware

George Washington and his troops cross the Delaware River on Christmas night and surprise the enemy.

June 14, 1777: America Chooses a Flag

The continental congress uses the “stars and stripes” flag sewn by Betsy Ross.

Sept. 19 – Oct. 1, 1777: Battles of Saratoga

British general John Burgoyne surrenders his army to the Americans after suffering defeat at the battles of Saratoga.

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