3.0 Chronology of Major Events in this Period
1760 – 1820 – The reign of George III
1765 – Stamp Act; Stamp Act Congress Meets in New York; Quartering
1766 – Stamp Act Repealed by Parliament; Quartering Act.
1767 – Townshend Duties Passed; Dickinson’s Letters From a Farmer in Pennsylvania published.
1768 – British Troops sent to Boston.
1770 – Townshend Duties Repealed; Except for Duty on Tea; Boston Massacre.
1772 – The Gaspee Affair.
1773 – Tea Act Imposed; Boston Tea Party.
1774 – Coercive or Intolerable Acts; Continental Congress Meets in Philadelphia.
1775 – Battles of Lexington and Concord; second continental Congress
meets at Philadelphia;
George Washington appointed Commander-in-Chief of the
Battle of Bunker Hill.
1776 – Thomas Paine’s Common Sense; Declaration of Independence;
1777 – Articles of Confederation adopted by the Congress, but not ratified by all States until 1781.
1778 – U.S. concludes Military Alliance and Commercial Treaty with France.
1781 – Cornwallis surrenders to Washington at York Town, Virginia.
1783 – Treaty of Paris signed with Britain.