Timeline of the American Revolutiontimeline of the political upheaval culminating in the 18th century in which Thirteen Colonies in North America joined together for independence from the British Empire, and after victory in the Revolutionary War combined to form the United States of America. The American Revolution includes political, social, and military aspects. The revolutionary era is generally considered to have begun with the passage of the Stamp Act in 1765 and ended with the ratification of the United States Bill of Rights in 1791. The military phase of the revolution, the American Revolutionary War, lasted from 1775 to 1783.

1600s

1629

1683

1684

1686

1689

1691

1750s

Join, or Die woodcut by Benjamin Franklin, 1754

1754

1760s

1760

1761

1763

Eastern North America in 1775, including the British Province of Quebec (pink), Indian Reserve (pink), and areas open to European-American settlement in the 13 Colonies along the Atlantic coast (red), plus the westward border established by the Royal Proclamation of 1763 and present–day state lines.
Eastern North America in 1775, including the British Province of Quebec (pink), Indian Reserve (pink), and areas open to European-American settlement in the 13 Colonies along the Atlantic coast (red), plus the westward border established by the Royal Proclamation of 1763 and present–day state lines.

1764

1765

1766

1767

1768

1769

1770s

1770

The Boston Massacre, an engraving by patriot Paul Revere.
The Boston Massacre, an engraving by patriot Paul Revere.

1771

1772

1773

1774

1775

Battles of Lexington and Concord.

1776

Washington Crossing the Delaware, painting 1851 by Emanuel Leutze

1777

Surrender of General Burgoyne, 1821 painting by John Trumbull

1778

1779

1780s

1780

Surrender of Lord Cornwallis at Yorktown, 1820 painting by John Trumbull
Surrender of Lord Cornwallis at Yorktown, 1820 painting by John Trumbull

1781

1782

1783

Washington's Entry into New York by Currier & Ives (1857)
Washington's Entry into New York by Currier & Ives (1857)

1784

1785

1786

1787

Scene at the Signing of the Constitution of the United States, by Howard Chandler Christy (1940)

1788

1789

1790s

1791

1795

1796

See also

References

  1. ^ Mary Beth Norton 1774: The Long Year of Revolution (2020) online review by Gordon S. Wood

Further reading