The American Revolution was a turning point in the history of the United States. Throughout the Revolution, countless key figures influenced the colonies as British forces pressed on. Starting with the infamous Shot Heard Round The World, American colonists defended the country and ultimately helped the United States become independent from England. Although many American colonists lost their lives defending their country, the American Revolution brought true freedom to the United States. These activities will help students understand key events and people in the greater context of the war.
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American Revolution Timeline: American revolution battles ending with the Treaty of Paris
LEXINGTON AND CONCORD
THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION: BATTLE TIMELINE
BATTLE OF BUNKER HILL
Don't fire until you see the whites of their eyes!
This was the first battle of the Revolution. The American colonists proved themselves through guerrilla war tactics, attacking the British at Lexington, Concord, and on their march back to Boston.
BATTLE OF SARATOGA
During one of the first major battles of the Revolution, the colonists held their own against General Gage and his forces at Breeds (Bunker) Hill in Charlestown, MA. Despite losing, the colonial militia's confidence was greatly boosted.
CAPTURE OF SAVANNAH
General Burgoyne of Great Britain clashed with Generals Arnold and Gates of the American forces. With 9,000 men, the Americans killed over 200 British and captured another 260 in a decisive American victory.
The Capture of Savannah proved a major blow to American forces. Under the command of General Howe, the American leader lost over half of his army as well as the city.
BATTLE OF YORKTOWN
The Battle of Yorktown was a major blow to British forces. With aid from the French, the American colonial army cornered General Cornwallis into surrender, ultimately ending their quest to defend their American colonies.
TREATY OF PARIS
The signing of the Treaty of Paris marked the official end of the American Revolution. Americans gained recognition by the British Empire as a sovereign nation, and also gained all British claims East of the Mississippi River.