- 1765--Stamp Act enacted, which imposed a tax all legal documents, permits, commercial contracts, newspapers, wills, pamphlets, and playing cards in the American colonies.
Acts placed a tax on common products imported
into the American Colonies, such as lead, paper,
paint, glass, and tea. This led to widespread smuggling.
- March 5, 1770--Boston Massacre
- May 1773--Tea
Act passed revoking taxes on tea exported to
the Colonies by the financially strapped East India
Company; thus enabling them to undersell Colonial
- December 16, 1773--Boston Tea Party
- April 18-19, 1775--Paul
Revere and William Dawes make their famous ride
warning of British troop movements.
- April 19, 1775--Battles of Lexington and Concord fought in the Province of Massachusetts Bay between a Britsh force led by Lieutenant Colonel Francis Smith and colonial militia.
- June 15, 1775--George Washington appointed commander-in-chief
of the Continental
- July 4, 1776--Declaration of Independence adopted.
- September 23, 1779--John Paul Jones, captain of the Bonhomme Richard utters his famous words, "I have not yet begun to fight," during a sea battle against HMS Serpis.
- 1779-1782--John Adams, Ben Franklin,
and John Jay negotiate a treaty of peace and commerece
with Great Britian.
- October 19, 1781--British General Cornwallis surrenders
following the Seige
- 1784-1789--Thomas Jefferson serves as Minister to France
- 1785-1788--John Adams serves as Minister to Great Britian.
- 1789-1797--George Washington serves two terms as President.
- 1797-1801--John Adams serves as President.
- 1801-1809--Thomas Jefferson serves as President.
- 1803--the Lousiana Purchase doubles the size of the United States.
- 1804-1806--Lewis and Clark explore the west to the Pacific.
- 1809-1817--James Madison serves as President.
- 1812-1815--War of 1812.
- September 10, 1813--Captain Oliver Hazard Perry led American forces to victory at the Battle of Lake Erie.
- August 24, 1814--Following their victory at the
Battle of Bladensburg British forces burn the White
House and other buildings in Washington D.C. Dolley
Madison's brave actions save many historic articles
from the White House including the Gilbert Stuart
painting of George Washington.
- September 13, 1814--Battle
of Baltimore with the bombardment of Fort McHenery
that inspired the composition of the poem The
Star Spangled Banner.
- December 24, 1814--Treaty of Ghent ends the War of 1812.
- January 8, 1815--Battle of New
Orleans American forces led by Andrew
Jackson decisively defeated the British