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A Quick History of the American Revolution by The Elephant's Child

I like timelines or chronologies that tell you just where and when the events of history took place. It gives you a sense of history as it happened and what was happening at the same time elsewhere in the world. So you will see one here now and then, and I hope you find them useful.

So lets start with the 1765 Stamp Act, passed by Parliament on March 22, 1765. It imposed on all American colonists a tax on every piece of printed paper they used. The money collected was to be used to help pay the costs of defending and protecting the American frontier near the Appalachian Mountains, and 10,000 British troops were to be stationed on the frontier for this purpose. It wasn’t the cost that was so offensive, but the standard it seemed to set, that Britain could impose a tax without the consent or approval of the colonial legislatures. This was a tax on ships papers,legal documents, licenses, newspapers, other publications and even playing cards. That started things:
1767: Townsend Acts (import taxes on tea, glass, and products from England)
1770: The Boston Massacre (Colonists rioted to protest English soldiers there to protect British commissioners and the Townsend taxes) 5 colonists
killed, including Crispus Attucks, an escaped slave.
1773: Boston Tea Party
1774: The Intolerable Acts and the First Continental Congress
1775: Rhode Island abolished slavery.
Paul Revere’s Ride to warn Lexington and Concord
Battle of Bunker Hill
1776: Declaration of Independence.
Battle of Long Island (August)
Battle of Trenton   (December 25)
Washington crosses the Delaware R. (Dec. 26)
1777: Battle of Princeton (Jan. 3)
Burgoyne captures Fort Ticonderoga
Articles of Confederation
Saratoga: Sept. 19, and October 7.  Victory!
1778: American Colonies sign treaties with France and Holland,
reject British peace offer.
1779: John Paul Jones on Bonhome Richard defeats Serapis.
1780: Charleston Falls
Camden Aug 16, Kings Mt. 7 October, Cowpens, Jan 17
1781: Cornwallis Surrenders at Yorktown, October 19.
1789: George Washington chosen president
1799: George Washington dies of strep throat
1789-1793: The French Revolution



Just What Do You Really Know About the Revolution? by The Elephant's Child

Take a look at the cool website of the day, The American Revolution CenterExplore their collection, and the timeline of the struggle.

The Center commissioned the first national survey to assess adult knowledge of the American Revolution.  Ninety percent of Americans think that knowledge of the American Revolution and the principles that have united all Americans is very important.

89 percent of Americans expected to pass a test on basic knowledge of the Revolution, but they scored an average of 44 percent.  You can take the test here, to see what you know about the War of Independence, and there’s a reading list so you can bone up.  Enjoy.



Cool Website of the Day! by The Elephant's Child

And it’s brand new.  The American Revolution Center is designed to educate about the era of the War of Independence. There is a stunningly beautiful timeline of the period, a collection of Colonial artifacts, a quiz to see what you know. Great site for kids to learn a little more about our history that is often neglected in our schools.

The collections are introduced with a very short (turn your volume down) drum tattoo. I had my volume turned up, and the two cats who sleep next to the monitor went flying, scattering papers asunder.  Other than that, it is a beautifully designed website with lots to learn about a very important period in our history.




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