American Revolutionary War Time Line of Major Events

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The Revolutionary War, was one of the most significant events in American history. Without it, the United States of America may not have come into existence. Read on and learn why it happened, and learn about key events of the revolution.

This timeline chronologically illuminates the cause and effect timeline of the Revolutionary War. Each action promoted a reaction; clearly identified the parties to the conflict, and set the stage for the responses that drove the Americans to war.

Here are some key events and dates for the American Revolution and the war for independence. The Revolutionary War was between the Kingdom of Great Britain and the Thirteen American colonies. The colonists did not like the way the British were treating them, especially when it came to taxes. Eventually small arguments turned into larger fights and the colonists decided to fight for their own country, independent of Britain.

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  • February 17 – The Stamp Act is passed; a British attempt to cover the costs of the 7 Years War and the stationing of troops in America led to the cry, “No taxation without representation.”
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December 16th – The Boston Tea Party.

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December 16th – The Boston Tea Party.

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  • April 19 – The Skirmish at Lexington and Concord
  • May 10th – Patriots capture The British Garrison at Fort Ticonderoga.
  • June 17th – The Battle of Bunker Hill (Breeds Hill).
  • July 3rd – George Washington takes command of The Continental Army.
  • October 13th – Congress authorizes establishment of a Naval Committee. This is essentially The beginning of The U.S. Navy. During November Congress creates The American Navy.
  • November 10th – The United States Marine Corps is founded.
  • December 30th – The Battle of Quebec.
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  • March 3rd – Marines land in Bahamas to execute their first military expedition. This is The first time The American Flag would fly over a foreign country.
  • July 4th – The Continental Congress adopts The Declaration of Independence.
  • August 27th – Battle of Long Island.
  • October 11th – The Battle of Lake Champlain.
  • October 28th – The Battle of White Plains.
  • December 25th-26th – The Battle of Trenton.
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  • January 13th – The Battle of Princeton.
  • May 23rd-25th – The Battle of Sag Harbor.
  • June 14th – The American Flag is officially mandated by Congress.
  • August 3rd-6th – Americans at Ft. Stanwix in The Mohawk Valley come under attack by British troops.
  • August 6th – The Battle of Oriskany.
  • August 16th – The Battle of Bennington.
  • September 9th-11th – The Battle of Brandywine.
  • September 19th – The First Battle of Saratoga.
  • October 4th – The Battle of Germantown.
  • October 7th – The Second Battle of Saratoga.
  • October 21st – Patriots at Fort Mercer, N. J. repulse Hessian attack.
  • November 16th-20th – The Attack on Fort Mifflin, Pennsylvania.
  • December 7th – The Battle of Edge Hill, Pennsylvania.
  • December 19th – The Continental Army arrives at Valley Forge.
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