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History of the first 13 Colonies and how they became the United States

The colonization of America and the fascinating events that led colonists and patriots down the Road to Revolution

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The Revolutionary Timeline covers the time in early American history from 1607 to 1784 known as the American War of Independence.

During the period of time covered in the Revolutionary Timeline the colonists and settlers arrived from Europe looking for religious freedom, land and the opportunity for wealth. The British were looking to make money from the 13 colonies.

The newcomers were governed by the laws of the British who held dominion over the American colonies, which inevitably led to dissension, anger and rebellion in Colonial America refer to Colonial Government.

We have compiled a comprehensive Revolutionary Timeline which provides a chronological list detailing the Acts and Taxes in date order that were enforced, the rebellions that were sparked leading to the Revolutionary. The Revolutionary Timeline is the fastest and easiest way to gain a full overview of the history of the English Colonies in America and their road to revolution.


Stamp Acts Stamps - One Penny Stamp

The Stamp Act
One Penny Stamp

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England adopts the policy of Mercantilism. The mercantile system, was based on the benefits of profitable trading in which the flow of raw materials from the colonies profited England who turned them into finished goods

1640'sTriangular Trade

The Triangular Trade routes become established.

1640'sThe PlantationsThe Slave Plantations were established during this period

1651The Navigation Acts1651,1660 & 1663 Navigation Acts were designed to regulate colonial trade

1661Tariff of 1661The Tariff of 1661 imposed a series of duties on the importation of goods to Britain

1663Navigation Act of 1663
(the Staple Act)

The Navigation Act of 1663, also called the Staple Act

1673The Navigation Act of 1673
(Plantation Duty Act)
Plantations trade exclusively with England and to redirect revenue to England


1675Lords of TradeThe Lords of Trade were appointed in England to enforce the new mercantile system and maximize potential profits for England


1675Bacon's RebellionNathaniel Bacon rebelled against a corrupt Governor, low prices for tobacco and high taxes that were believed to be unjust


1677Culpeper’s RebellionRebellion against the Colonial Government in Carolina and the Navigation Acts led by John Culpeper


1688Sir Edmund Andros appointed
Governor in Chief of New England
King James II appoints Sir Edmund Andros who causes dissension with the colonists as he did not have to answer to any elected assembly


1688French and Indian Wars1688 - 1763 The French and Indian Wars start between France and Great Britain for lands in North America


1689Glorious RevolutionFebruary 1689: The Protestant William III and Mary II officially replace the Catholic James II as monarchs of England


1689Bill of RightsThe English Bill of Rights enables Parliament to control laws and taxes in the Colonies in America


1689Leisler's RebellionJacob Leisler (1640-1691) was a German immigrant who led the insurrection against local colonial officials from 1689 to 1691 in colonial New York


1696Salutary neglectEnglish policy of Salutary Neglect adopted  to avoid the strict enforcement of parliamentary laws in Colonial America giving the colonies considerable freedom in economic matters.


1696Board of TradeThe English government established the Board of Trade to oversee colonial policies.


1699Wool ActParliament passes the Wool Act, which prohibits the export of American made cloth from its colony of origin.


1707United Kingdom of Great Britain is createdThe Union between England and Scotland created the 'United Kingdom of Great Britain' and the term British, as opposed to English, is then used in reference to the colonists in North America.


1732Hat ActParliament passes the preventing the trade of American-made hats - for additional facts and info see the Beaver Wars


1732Debt Recovery ActThe Act declared land and slaves to be the equivalent of property for the purpose of satisfying debts owed by colonists.


1733Navigation Act of 1733
(the Molasses Act)
Navigation Act of 1733, also known as the Molasses Act levied heavy taxes on sugar


1750Iron ActThe Act was designed to restrict the manufacturing activities in the colonies


1754Albany Congress, 1754June19 - July 11: Benjamin Franklin proposed a plan of union but it was rejected by both the British and Americans

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1763French and Indian War
(Seven years War) ends
February 10, 1763: The Peace Treaty of Paris 1783 ends the French and Indian War in North America. The British left with a massive war debt. The British look for ways of imposing new taxes in the colonies.


1763English Policy of
Salutary Neglect ends
The British are left with a massive war debt and start to enforce the laws of the Navigations Acts and looked for ways of imposing new taxes in the colonies


1763Proclamation of 1763October 7, 1763: The introduction of a massive boundary to separate white settlements from Indian country

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1764Sugar ActApril 5: Law setting a tax on sugar and molasses imported into the colonies impacting the manufacture of rum in New England.


1764Boston BoycottsAugust 1764, Merchants, and the women of Boston, begin a boycott of British goods especially clothing such as satins, lace and ruffles


1764Currency ActSeptember 1 1764: Series of Laws that regulated paper money issued by the colonies - also refer to Colonial, Continental and Revolutionary Currency


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1765Stamp Act of 1765


March 22, 1765: Taxes imposed on legal papers, newspapers and pamphlets. Vehement opposition by the Colonies resulted in the repeal of the act in 1766 - also refer to the Sugar Act and Stamp Act


1765Quartering Act of 1765March 24, 1765: The first of a series of Laws requiring the provision of housing, food and drink to British troops in the American colonies

1765 Patrick HenryMay 29: "If this be treason, make the most of it!" speech 

1765Virginia Stamp Act Resolutions

May 30: Virginia Stamp Act Resolutions


1765Reaction to the Stamp Act

Summer of 1765: Violent reactions leading to the Stamp Act Riots


1765Stamp Act Congress

October 7-25: Declaration of the Rights and Grievances of the Colonists


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1766Declaratory ActMarch 18: Declaratory Act passed asserting the British right to make laws binding on the colonies


1766Repeal of the Stamp ActRepeal of the Stamp Act is approved by the House of Commons in February 1766


1766 Revenue ActThe Sugar Act was repealed and replaced with the Revenue Act of 1766, which reduced the tax on molasses imports.


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1767Townshend Acts

June 29: Series of Laws placing duties on items imported by the colonists including glass, lead, paints, paper and tea


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1768Boston Nonimportation Agreement
(Boycott of British goods)

August 1: Merchants in Boston and New York boycott British goods until the Townshend Acts are repealed


1768English warshipsOctober 1: English warships sail into Boston Harbor leaving two regiments of English troops to keep order


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1769George Washington

May: George Mason writes resolutions presented by George Washington to the Virginia House of Burgesses opposing taxation without representation


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1770Boston Massacre

March 5: 5 civilians killed by British soldiers 

1770Repeal of the
Townshend Acts

April: Repeal of the Townshend Acts and the Quartering Act  

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1771Battle of Alamance

May 16, 1771: Battle of Alamance in protest against taxation and corrupt local government


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1772The Gaspee AffairJune 9: The HMS Gaspee runs aground and is looted by colonists


1772Committee of CorrespondenceNovember 1772: Samuel Adams organized the first Committee of Correspondence at Boston, Massachusetts


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1773Tea ActMay 10: Law allowing the British East India Company to sell its low-cost tea directly to the colonies, undermining colonial tea merchants


1773The Boston Tea PartyDecember 16:  Massachusetts patriots dressed as Mohawk Indians protested against the British Tea Act


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1774Intolerable Acts
(Coercive Acts)
The Intolerable Acts were a reprisal to the Boston Tea party rebellion. A package of five laws aimed at restoring British authority in its colonies


1774Boston Port ActMarch 31, 1774 - The Boston Port Act

Government Act

May 20, 1774 The Massachusetts Government Act 

1774Administration of Justice ActMay 20, 1774 The Administration of Justice Act 

1774Quartering ActJune 2, 1774 - The Quartering Act 

1774Quebec ActJune 22, 1774 - The Quebec Act 

1774First Continental CongressSeptember 5 - October 26: First Continental Congress


1774Continental AssociationThe Continental Association was created by the Continental Congress in 1774 in response to the Coercive Acts, or 'Intolerable Acts'. The Articles of Association were were adopted on October 20, 1774.


Revolutionary Timeline 1775


1775Patrick Henry
Give me Liberty Speech
March 23, 1775 - Patrick Henry delivered his famous speech "Give me liberty or give me death!"


1775Paul RevereApril 18: General Gage orders British soldiers to destroy the colonists weapons depot in Concord. Paul Revere leaves Boston to warn colonists


1775George Washington
Continental Army
June 15: George Washington appointed general and commander-in-chief of the new Continental Army


1775Battle of Bunker HillJune 17: Battle of Bunker Hill


1775Taking Up Arms


July 6 1775: Declaration on the Causes and Necessity of Taking Up Arms stating that Americans are "resolved to die free men rather than live as slaves."

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Revolutionary Timeline 1776


1776Declaration of Independence

1776 July 4. Thomas Jefferson presents the United States Declaration of Independence


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1781Terms British SurrenderOctober 17: American victory at Yorktown terms discussed for the British surrender.


1782Parliament votes against warFebruary 27: English Parliament votes against further war in America

1782Peace talksApril 12: Paris Peace talks begin


1782Final BattleNovember 10: The final battle of the Revolutionary War


1783End to HostilitiesFebruary 4: England officially declares an end to hostilities in America


1783Treaty of Paris (1783)September 3: The Treaty of Paris is signed by the United States and Great Britain


1784American Revolutionary
War ends
January 14: The Treaty of Paris is ratified by Congress and the American Revolutionary War officially ends.


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