American Timeline

    1765--Stamp Act enacted, which imposed a tax all legal documents, permits, commercial contracts, newspapers, wills, pamphlets, and playing cards in the American colonies.
    1767--Townshend 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 smugglers.
    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 Army.
    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 of Yorktown.
    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 Army.

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