Skip to main content
Close

Welcome to the new Annenberg Learner website! All of the current series have migrated to our new, streamlined interface. The legacy site is available at archive.learner.org through January 31, 2020.

Close
Menu

A Biography of America

The Coming of Independence – Key Events

1763

Proclamation of 1763

1764

Sugar Act and Currency Act

1765

Stamp Act

Stamp Act protests

Sons of Liberty formed

1766

Stamp Act repealed

1767

Townshend Acts

1770

Townshend duties repealed, except for tea tax

Boston Massacre

1773

Boston Tea Party

1774

Intolerant Acts (Coercive Acts)

First Continental Congress meets in Philadelphia

1775

Battles of Lexington and Concord

Second Continental Congress begins

Dunmore’s Proclamation

1776

Paine publishes Common Sense

British evacuate Boston

Declaration of Independence

British take New York

1777

Burgoyne surrenders at Saratoga

1781

Cornwallis surrenders at Yorktown

1783

Treaty of Paris signed, granting independence to the United States

Units