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American revolution timeline
23 Oct 2017
King George III ascends to the throne of England.
Treaty signed between England and France ending the French and Indian War.
Parliament passes The Stamp Act as a means to pay for British troops on the American frontier. Colonists violently protest the measure.
Stamp Act repealed, but on the same day parliament passes the Declaratory Act asserting its right to make laws binding on the colonies.
Colonists shot by British troops stationed in Boston. Patriots label the killings "The Boston Massacre."
Massachusetts patriots dressed as Mohawk Indians protest the British Tea Act by dumping crates of tea into Boston Harbor.
Shots fired at Lexington and Concord. "Minute Men" force British troops back to Boston. George Washington takes command of the Continental Army.
Thomas Paine's Common Sense published. Becomes an instant best seller and pushes the colonies closer to independence.
Thomas Jefferson's Declaration of Independence ratified by the Congress.
Battle of Long Island.
Washington crosses the Delaware River and captures a Hessian force at Trenton, New Jersey.
In desperate need of financing and arms, Congress sends Benjamin Franklin to France to urge the French to ally with America.
The Marquis de Lafayette arrives in America.
France signs a treaty of alliance with the United States and the American Revolution becomes a world war.
A miraculous convergence of American and French forces traps Lord Cornwallis at Yorktown, Virginia. He surrenders his British army.
A peace treaty is signed between Great Britain and the United States.
George Washington gives up command of the Continental Army and, to the astonishment of foreign observers, returns to private life.
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