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American Revolution
(1776 - 1783)

1764April - Sugar Act passed by Parliament to offset expenses of the French and Indian War
1764May - James Otis raises the issue of taxation without representation in a Boston town meeting.
1764July - James Otis publishes The Rights of the British Colonies Asserted and Proved
1764August - Boston merchants begin to boycott British luxury goods
176522 March - Parliament passes The Stamp Act as a means to pay for British troops on the American frontier
176522 May - Virginia's Resolutions
17656 June - The Massachusetts House of Representatives resolves to propose an intercolonial meeting to resist the Stamp Act
176519 October - The Stamp Act Congress meets in New York
176618 March - Stamp Act repealed, but the Declaratory Act is passed (asserting Britain's right to make laws binding on the colonies)
1767The Townshend Duties go into effect
1767The colonists protest the Townshend Duties with a Non-Importation Agreement
1768February - Massachusetts Assembly sends a circular letter to other colonies explaining the common plight
1768June - In Boston, the Sloop "Liberty" (owned by John Hancock) is seized by customs officials for Revenue Law violations
1768October - British troops arrive in Boston to enforce customs laws
1770Townshend Acts repealed except the tax on tea, end to Non-Importation Agreement
177005 March - "The Boston Massacre"
1771Battle of Alamance
1772Attack on the "Gaspee"
1772Sam Adams urges the Boston Town Meeting to set up the "Committee of Correspondence"
17735 November - Boston Town Meeting Resolutions against the Tea Act
177316 December - Boston Tea Party
1774January - Privy Council reprimands Benjamin Franklin in London for leaking letters damaging to the Royal Governor of Mass.
1774May/June - Coercive Acts are passed by Parliament
1774Boston Port closed by Parliament until the destroyed tea was paid for by those responsible
17742 June - Parliament passes the Quartering Act
1774September - First Continental Congress convenes in Philadelphia
1774September - Siege of Boston
1774October - General Gage dissolves the Massachusetts General Court
1774Massachusetts Provincial Congress votes to recruit 12,000 men for a militia, and purchases muskets and bayonets
1775March/April General Gage orders his troops on a practice march around Boston, Massachusetts Provincial Congress at Concord adopts fifty-three articles of war against the British army
177519 April - Shots fired at Lexington and Concord, "Minute Men" force British troops back to Boston, Paul Revere's famous Midnight Ride
17755 May - The Second Continental Congress meets in Philadelphia
177510 May - Fort Ticonaroga captured by Benedict Arnold and Ethan Allen
177515 May - Congress votes to go to war with Britain
177515 June - George Washington takes command of the Continental Army
177517 June - British victory at Battle of Bunker Hill
177517 June - Charlestown, Massachusetts is burned down by the British, Battle of Bunker Hill
1775Olive Branch Petition
1775Congress Creates a Navy
1775August - American invasion of Canada begins
177523 August - King George III issues the Proclamation of Rebellion
1775November - Lord Dunmore, Governor of Virginia, offers freedom to all slaves who would fight for the British
17757 November - Lord Dunmore declares Martial Law
1775Virginians defeat British at Great Bridge; British bombard Norfolk
1776January - Thomas Paine's Common Sense published
177627 February - Patriots defeated the Loyalists at Moore's Creek Bridge
17767 March - British evacuate Boston after John Thomas and troops occupy the city during the night of March 4-5
1776March/May France and Spain secretly provide support to American colonists through fictitious companies
177612 June - Virginia Declaration of Rights adopted by the Virginia Convention
17764 July - Declaration of Independence ratified by the Congress
1776July - Large British force arrives in New York harbour bent on crushing the rebellion
177627 August - Continental Army routed at Long Island, New York.
177611 September - William and Richard Howe meet with Congressional representatives to no effect
177615 September - British occupy New York City (The Battles of New York and Harlem Heights)
177622 September - American spy Nathan Hale is executed in New York City
177611-13 October - The Battle of Valcour Island
177628 October - The Battle of White Plains
177614 December - Geary's Dragoons ambushed between the small villages of Flemings-Town (Flemington) and Ringoes
177626 December - Battle of Trenton, New Jersey
1776December - Benjamin Franklin is sent by Congress to France to seek French aid
17773 January - Washington's troops gain a victory at The Battle of Princeton
177720 January - The Battle of Millstone, New Jersey
177727 February - Battle of Moores Creek Bridge
177725 April - Danbury, Connecticut destroyed by British forces led by General Tryon
177728 June - Battle of Fort Moultrie
17775 July - Burgoyne's invasion from Canada begins
1777The Marquis de Lafayette arrives in America
17777 July - Battle of Hubbardtown
1777August - Battles of Fort Stanwix and Oriskaney
177716 August - Battle of Bennington, Vermont
177711 September - Washington defeated at Brandywine
177716 September - The Paoli Massacre
177719 September - Battle of Freeman's Farm
177726 September - British Occupy Philadelphia
17774 October - Battle at Germantown
17777 October - Battle of Bemis Heights
177719 October - Battle of Saratoga, General Burgoyne surrenders to General Horatio Gates
1777October/November - Battles of Forts Mercer and Mifflin
177719 December - Washington's army retires to winter quarters at Valley Forge
1778February - France signs a treaty of alliance with the United States
177812 April - Earl of Carlisle leads an unsuccessful commission to make peace with the United States
17788 May - Sir Henry Clinton replaces William Howe as Commander-in-Chief of the British forces
177812 May - General Benjamin Lincoln surrenders Charlestown, South Carolina
177818 June - British evacuate Philadelphia and move across New Jersey towards New York
177828 June - Battle of Monmouth Courthouse
1778July/August - French and American troops mount a joint operation against the British garrison in Newport, Rhode Island
177831 August - Troops, under Sullivan and the Marquis de Lafayette, withdraw as Clinton sends men and ships to Rhode Island
177829 December - Clinton decided to attack the South, Howe captures Savannah
17793 March - British victors at Briar Creek, Virginia
177910 May - British capture and set fire to Portsmouth and Norfolk, Virginia
1779May - Clinton seizes American forts at Stony Point and Verplanek's Point
177921 June - Spain enters the American colonist's war against Great Britain
1779July - American forces recapture Stony Point
177914 August - Congress proposes terms of peace with the British, John Adams named negotiator
1779September/October - French fleet and American troops unsuccessfully try to capture Savannah, Georgia
1780February - British attack Charleston, South Carolina
178012 May - Charleston, South Carolina falls
178011 July - Rochambeau lands in Newport, Rhode Island with naval fleet and 5,000 French troops
1780July - Benedict Arnold writes coded letters to John André, in which he provides the British with key military information
178016 August - Gates defeated by Cornwallis at the Battle of Camden, South Carolina
178021 September - Benedict Arnold met with John André to inform the British about the weak points of West Point
17802 October - John André is hanged as a British spy
17807 October - Battle of Kings Mountain
17811 January - Pennsylvania Line mutiny
1781French Admiral deGrasse arrives with his powerful French fleet in American waters
178117 January - Battle of Cowpens, South Carolina
17811 March - Articles of the Confederation ratified
178115 March - Battle of Guilford Courthouse
178125 April - Battle of Hobkirk's Hill
178121 May - Washington and Comte de Rochambeau agreed to attack New York jointly
1781May/June - Siege of 96
17815 July - Rochambeau's French troops join Washington's troops above New York
1781General Nathaniel Greene pacifies the interior of South Carolina and Georgia by driving out the British forces
17816 September - Benedict Arnold and his troops attack and destroy parts of New London, Connecticut
17818 September - Battle of Eutaw Springs
178128 September - Siege of Yorktown begins
178119 October -General Cornwallis signs the surrender papers, ending the last major battle of the Revolutionary War
178230 November - Americans and British sign a Provisional peace treaty in Paris
178320 January - Effective date of articles of peace between Britain and France and Britain and Spain
17834 February - Britain proclaimed a cessation of hostilities and a general armistice was finally made
178315 March - Newburgh Conspiracy
178320 March - Lord Rockingham replaces Lord North as prime minister of Great Britain and begins peace negotiations with America
17834 April - Carleton arrives in America to succeed Clinton as British commander
1783June - Most of the Continental Army disbands
17833 September - The Paris Peace Treaty officially ends the American Revolution
Related Articles/Works
The Revolution Begins
Defeats and Victories
Franco-American Alliance
The British Move South
Victory and Independence
The First Shots of the Revolution
The Battle of Bunker Hill
Arnold on Lake Champlain
The Siege of Boston
Preliminary Remarks
The Capture of Long Island and New York
The Victory at Trenton
The Capture of Philadelphia
The Expedition Against Fort Schuyler
The Surrender of Burgoyne
Washington at Valley Forge
The Bon Homme Richard and the Serapis
The Treason of Arnold
The Cowpens and Guilford Court-House
The Surrender of Cornwallis
American History Painters
Chapter X - The Philosophy of the Revolution and the Declaration of Independence

Documents
Resolutions of the Stamp Act Congress
(19 October 1765)
Massachusetts Circular Letter to the Colonial Legislatures
(11 February 1768)
Declaration and Resolves of the First Continental Congress
(14 October 1774)
Declaration of the Causes and Necessity of taking up Arms
(6 July 1775)
The Olive Branch Petition
(8 July 1775)
The Declaration of Independence
(4 July 1776)
Treaty of Alliance Between The United States and France, 1778
(6 February 1778)
Articles of Capitulation, Yorktown
(19 October 1781)
Treaty of Paris, 1783
(3 September 1783)
Constitution of the United States
(17 September 1787)
Bill of Rights
(25 September 1789)

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