Major Events (Non-Military Engagements):
Stamp Act - March 1765-May 1766; First tax on the colonies;
Townshend Acts - July 2, 1767-April 12, 1770; Parliament again attempted taxation; violence escalated; all but tea duties repealed;
Boston Massacre - March 5, 1770; British soldiers antagonized to fire by an angry mob;
Boston Tea Party - December 16, 1773; Colonists disguised as Mohawk Indians protest the Tea Act.
Intolerable Acts - 1774; Parliament's response to the Boston Tea Party.
Paul Revere's Midnight Ride April 18-19, 1775
The Shot Heard Round the World - Lexington and Concord - April 19, 1775; The start of the Revolutionary War in Lexington and Concord, Massachusetts, not far from Boston.
Capture of Fort Ticonderoga - May 10, 1775; Ethan Allen with his Green Mountain Boys and Benedict Arnold capture Fort Ticonderoga, New York.
British Evacuate Boston - March 17, 1776; American occupation of Dorchester Heights forces British to Evacuate Boston.
Declaration of Independence - July 4, 1776; ratified by the Second Continental Congress in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
British Occupy New York - September 15, 1776; General George Washington is unable to prevent the British from occupying New York.
Treaty of Paris - September 3, 1783; official end of the war; signed by the United States, England, France, Spain and the Netherlands in Paris, France.
Research Materials: Politics/Prelude to the American Revolution
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