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Revolutionary Period (1764-1789)

Defending the Colonies against attack by the French and others have cost the British a great deal of money. As a result, the British has very high taxes in their country. They decide to shift some of their financial burden to the colonists.

Burgoyne's surrender at Saratoga, c1911.The Stamp Act of 1765, which taxes all legal documents, newspapers and other documents, is met with a great uproar in the Colonies.  In 1766, this tax is repealed, but it is just the beginning of the problems between the colonists and the British.  The Boston Tea Party in 1773 is an act of revolt against the British and their tax on tea in the Colonies.

Tensions such as these eventually leads to the writing of the Declaration of Independence in 1776. A year earlier, the War of Independence, also known as the American Revolution, begins. When the British finally surrendered on October 19, 1781, Americans are officially independent of Britain and set about establishing their own government.

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  • Abigail Smith Marries John Adams - October 25, 1764

  • Daniel Boone First Sees the Woodlands of Present-Day Kentucky - June 7, 1769

  • Reverend Eleazar Wheelock Started Dartmouth College - December 13, 1769

  • Boston Massacre - March 5, 1770

  • Phillis Wheatley, the First African American Published Book of Poetry - September 1, 1773

  • Explorer, Meriwether Lewis Is Born - August 18, 1774

  • The American Revolution Begins - April 19, 1775

  • Fortifications Built During the Siege of Boston - June 16, 1775

  • Johnny Appleseed Is Born - September 26, 1775

  • General Richard Montgomery Captures Montreal - November 13, 1775

  • Washington Writes a Letter to the Continental Congress - March 24, 1776

  • First in Freedom: North Carolina Takes a Stand - April 12, 1776

  • Patriot Nathan Hale Is Hung - September 22, 1776

  • Honor Society Phi Beta Kappa Is Founded - December 5, 1776

  • The Articles of Confederation Are Adopted - November 15, 1777

  • France Allied with American Colonies - February 6, 1778

  • British Lieutenant Governor Henry Hamilton Surrenders - February 25, 1779

  • The British Surrender at Yorktown - October 19, 1781

  • John C. Calhoun Is Born - March 18, 1782

  • Commander in Chief George Washington Resigns - December 23, 1783

  • The Continental Congress Ratified the Treaty of Paris - January 14, 1784

  • The Nation's First Daily Newspaper Began Publication - September 21, 1784

  • New Jersey Approves the Constitution - December 18, 1787

  • Enoch Brooks Signs Hieroglyphick Bible - March 13, 1789

  • Congress Officially Creates the U.S. Military - September 29, 1789

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