Revolutionary War Timeline

The Revolutionary War timeline gives you all the events leading up to the American Revolution, the major events of the war, and the culmination leading to the establishment of the United States of America and the U.S. Constitution.

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Timeline of Events Leading to the Revolutionary War

1754 to 1763

1765

  • February 17: The Stamp Act is passed; a British attempt to cover the costs of the 7 Years War (French and Indian War) and the stationing of troops in America led to the cry, "No taxation without representation."

1766

  • February 21: Parliament votes to repeal the Stamp Act, which had aroused rebellion in both Britain and America.
  • March 17: King George III approves the repeal of the Stamp Act.

1767

1770

  • March 5: Boston Massacre; only 6 people were killed in the "massacre," but colonists milked it for all the anti-British sentiment they could

1773

1774

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1775

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1776

George Washington at the Battle of TrentonGeorge Washington at the Battle of Trenton

1777


1778

  • May 20: Battle of Barren Hill
  • June: The British abandon Philadelphia in fear of the French navy.
  • June 28: Battle of Monmouth
  • July 3: Wyoming Valley Massacre
  • August 29: Battle of Rhode Island
  • November 11: Cherry Valley Massacre

1779

  • July 16: Battle of Stony Point
  • September 16 to October 18: Siege of Savannah

1780

  • March 29 to May 12: Siege of Charleston
  • August 16: Battle of Camden
  • October 7: Battle of Kings Mountain

1781

  • January 6: Battle of Jersey
  • January 17: Battle of Cowpens
  • March 15: Battle of Guilford Court House
  • September 28 to October 19: Battle of Yorktown

1783

1784

1787

1788

We end our Revolutionary War timeline at the ratification of the Constitution. The events are battles are linked above, but if you want more general information, we recommend starting with Causes of the American Revolution.

Why did the Boston Tea Party Occur? Who was involved? We cover these facts and more on this page on one of the most momentous events of the American Revolution.

The Boston Tea Party

There were many causes of the American Revolution, some noble and some not so noble. Here's a look at all of them.

Causes of the Revolutionary War

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