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Timeline for the American Revolution
American and French Revolutions

On this page is a timeline for the American Revolution, it also has the cause and reaction for each event.

1756-1763: "Seven Years War" as called by Britian, or the "French and Indian War" called by the Americans. This war drained British reserves.
Cause: Disputes over land in North America
Reaction: Britain gained power of North America, it also gained Canada and lands east of the Mississippi as a result of the war.
1760: King George comes to power
Cause: England needed a king.
Reaction: Ideas about taxing colonists to pay for the war came up.
1756: Stamp Act
Cause: To replenish Britains funds after the "Seven Years War."
Reaction: The colonies reacted violently. They believed because they had no representation in parliament that they shouldn't be taxed. The people had no say, so they revolted.
1766: Stamp Act Repealed
Cause: The colonies were in an uproar over the Stamp Act.
Reaction: Instead of the Stap Act the Declaratory Act was passed so now Britain could put a tax on anything whenever they wanted.
1768: British troops arrived to enforce the new laws.
Cause: Britain needed to enforce the new laws thy had implaced, like the Declaratory Act.
Reaction: People were outraged. They didn't want British Troops to invade and take over.
1770: Boston Massacre
Cause: Some say it was because Bostonians provoked the fighting by throwing snowballs at the British troops. So the troops opened fire killing five people and injuring seven.
Reaction: The colonies were furious. They used the press to their advantage by making the massacre seem worse then it was. This made the people mad at King George and Britain.
1773: Boston Tea Party
Cause: The colonies were angry at Britain for imposing the Tea Act. So the colonies rebelled in Boston by dumping cartons of tea overboard of a British ship that was waiting to unload its cargo.
Reaction: Britain was furious. They imposed much harsher laws on Boston and the colonies with higher taxes to pay for the damages to the tea.
1774: Intolerable Acts
Cause: The Boston Tea Party. In response to the Tea Party, Britain made up the intolerable acts where Boston's port was closed and Britain's military was placed there.
Reaction: They colonies were once again furious and they tried to overturn Britain's laws.
1774: Quebec Act- No westward movement:
Cause: Britain wanted all of the control it could get over the colonies. So Britain said that the colonies could not expand to land south of the Ohio River and west of the Mississippi.
Reaction: The colonies were just about at their limit with dealing with Britain. They were about to really take a stand against the oppressive mother country.
1774: First Continental Congress Meets
Cause: The colonies came together at the Continental Congress to try and develop a way to stop Britain from ruling them.
Reaction: The reactions the their proposals to King George's rule weren't good from Britain. All of their proposals were rejected.
1775: Shots at Lexington
Cause: Tension was too tight between the two enimes. Things were bound to erupt in war.
Reaction: The colonies were happy to finally be doing something and standing up for their rights.
1776: "Common Sense" was written by Thomas Paine
Cause: The colonies wanted to be independent, Paine made a pamphelet to educate the public and take sides with the colonies.
Reaction: Many people read and went along with the pamphlet which helped move along the meeting of the Second Continental Congress.
1776: Declaration of Independence
Cause: Britain was too harsh on its colonies and they wanted to be free, so t hey  had finally had enough and they declared their independence.
Reaction: The colonies were no free from Britain, and they had to fight and control that freedom.
1776: British troops arrive to try and crush the revellion.
Cause: King George was furious with the colonies for trying to rebel against him.
Reaction: This caused the Patriots to really prepare for war, they knew things weren't going to be easy and that Britain was serious.
1776-1777: Fighting- This is explained more on the How and Where page.
1778: France develops an alliance with America.
Cause: America had won a victory against the British at Saratoga. This victory persuaded France to side with America.
Reaction: America recieved much needed supplies, money and man power to continue fighting.
1778-1783: More Fighting- Also explained more on the How and Where page.
1783: Treaty of Paris
Cause: The war was over America had won. They now set up their boundaries with Britain.
Reaction: America won a lot of land with the end of the war which helped the people spread out and repopulate.
1788: Constituion ratified by all states.
Cause: All of the states now agreed with what the constitution said and accepted it.
Reaction: The colonies were free and united under one law they all agreed on. They must've been happy.
1791: Bill of Rights ratified
Cause: There must hve been some inequalities or malfunction with the Constitution. The Bill of Rights was created to correct those malfunctions.
Reaction: People must have been happy with their new rights and the improvement on their old rights. *6

*6 McGuire