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  • 1752

    Britain and the British colonies switch from the Julian to the Gregorian calendar
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    French and Indian War

    The French and Indian War was the North American conflict in a larger imperial war between Great Britain and France known as the Seven Years' War. The French and Indian War began in 1754 and ended with the Treaty of Paris in 1763.
  • Treaty Of Paris

    Treaty Of Paris
    With the Treaty of Paris, the British formally gain control of Canada and all the French possessions east of the Mississippi.
  • Final conflict of the French and Indian War

    Final conflict of the French and Indian War
    French and Indian War: Final conflict in the ongoing struggle between the British and French for control of eastern North America. The British win a decisive victory over the French on the Plains of Abraham outside Quebec.
  • Boston Massacre

    Boston Massacre
    British troops fire into a mob, killing five men and leading to intense public protests.
  • Boston Tea Party

    Boston Tea Party
    A Group of colonial patriots disguised as Mohawk Indians board three ships in Boston harbor and dump more than 300 crates of tea overboard as a protest against the British tea tax.
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    First Continental Congress

    The First Continental Congress meets in Philadelphia, with 56 delegates representing every colony except Georgia. Delegates include Patrick Henry, George Washington, and Samuel Adams.
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    The American Revolution

    War of independence fought between Great Britain and the 13 British colonies on the eastern seaboard of North America. Battles of Lexington and Concord, Mass., between the British Army and colonial minutemen, mark the beginning of the war.
  • Declaration of indipendence

    Declaration of indipendence
    Continental Congress adopts the Declaration of Independence in Philadelphia.
  • The Flag

    The Flag
    Continental Congress approves the first official flag of the United States.
  • Articles of confederation

    Articles of confederation
    Continental Congress adopts the Articles of Confederation, the first U.S. constitution.
  • Valley Forge

    Valley Forge
    Battle-weary and destitute Continental army spends brutally cold winter and following spring at Valley Forge, Pa.
  • Yorktown

    British General Charles Cornwallis surrenders to Gen. George Washington at Yorktown, Va.
  • American Independence

    American Independence
    Great Britain formally acknowledges American independence in the Treaty of Paris, which officially brings the war to a close.
  • Shays Rebellion

    Shays Rebellion
    Farmers from New Hampshire to South Carolina take up arms to protest high state taxes and stiff penalties for failure to pay.
  • Constitutional Convention

    Constitutional Convention
    The Constitutional Convention, made up of delegates from 12 of the original 13 colonies, meets in Philadelphia to draft the U.S. Constitution.
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    George Washington

    George Washington is unanimously elected president of the United States in a vote by state electors.
    U.S. Constitution goes into effect, having been ratified by nine states.
    U.S. Congress meets for the first time at Federal Hall in New York City.
    Washington is inaugurated as president at Federal Hall in New York City.
  • U.S. Supreme Court

    U.S. Supreme Court
    The U.S. Supreme Court meets for the first time at the Merchants Exchange Building in New York City.
    The court made up of one chief justice and five associate justices who hears its first case in 1792.
  • Bill of Rights

    Bill of Rights
    First ten amendments to the Constitution, known as the Bill of Rights, are ratified.
  • The Cotton GIn

    The Cotton GIn
    Eli Whitney's invention of the cotton gin greatly increases the demand for slave labor.
  • John Adams

    John Adams
    John Adams is inaugurated as the second president in Philadelphia.