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Boston Massacre Event that put the revolution into motion. Redcoats killed 5 colonists in Boston square.
Revolution Begins Skirmishes between British troops and colonial militiamen in Lexington and Concord started the full-scale war for independance.
France joins Colonists French forces join the colonist side, turning a civil war into an international conflict. Declares war on Great Britain
Sugar Act First attempt of raising tax income from the colonies. First internal tax paying for British protection.
Boston Tea Party Members of the Sons of Liberty boarded a British ship and threw over tons of tea into the water. In attempt to protest the British parliaments tax on tea. "No taxation, without representation"
Declaration of Independence The Continental Congress voted to adopt the document, drafted by a five-man committee including Franklin and John Adams but written mainly by Jefferson. First real symbol of their independance.
American Victory- Saratoga This Victory is considered a turning point for the war. After this battle, the French could openly support the American side. (was secretly aiding the rebels since 1776.
The Townshend Acts (June 5-July 2) Series of four acts passed by the British Parliament in an attempt to assert what it considered to be its historic right to exert authority over the colonies. Upset many colonists.
Great Britain Surrenders British General Charles Cornwallis surrendered his troops in Yorktown, Virginia. General Cornwallis brought 8,000 British troops to Yorktown. America wins war.
Stamp Act The tax was imposed on all American colonists and required them to pay a tax on every piece of printed paper they used. Ship's papers, legal documents, licenses, newspapers, other publications, and even playing cards were taxed.
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