American Revolutin

1765-1783

Boston Tea Party

The Boston Tea Party was an act of rebellion by the Sons of Liberty. It was driven by the taxes on tea from Britain. The Sons of Liberty dumped 92,000 pounds of tea into the Boston Harbor. It occurred on December 16, 1773. British responded by enforcing the intolerable acts.

Boston Massacre

The Boston Massacre occurred on March 5, 1770. It was an event when British troops fired on anti-British protestors. A total of five male civilians were killed and about six others were injured. The Boston Massacre was used as propaganda. This made colonists want to fight back even more.

Lexington and Concord

Lexington and Concord occurred on April 19, 1775. It was the first shot that marked the beginning of the American Revolutionary War. No one knows who fired the first shot. Some say it was the British and some say it was the Patriots. This led to both sides firing on each other.

Battle of Saratoga

The battle of Saratoga September 19- October 7, 1777. The battle of Saratoga ended with an American victory. It also marked the turning point of the war because it proved to the French that the Americans had what it takes to win the war. Ben Franklin had been trying to make and agreement with the French for years. It finally was agreed after this battle.

Battle of Yorktown

The Battle of Yorktown occurred on September 28- October 19, 1781. It was the final major battle of the American Revolutionary War. The British were surrounded on all side and had to give up or be killed. General Charles Cornwallis Surrendered to the colonists. This was the end of the war.

The Intolerable Acts

The Intolerable Acts were punitive laws passed by the British in 1774. These acts were enforce after the Boston Tea Party. The people of Boston were put under military rule and were no longer able to trade with other colonies. This led to more issues and protests from the colonists. These acts lead to the first battle at Lexington and Concord.