February 10: Treaty of Paris ends French and Indian War (1754-1763). Canada east of the Mississippi River added to the British empire.
1764 - The Sugar Act doubling the duties on foreign goods reshipped from England to the colonies. A court is established in Halifax, Nova Scotia with jurisdiction over all of the American colonies in trade matters.
March 22: The Stamp Act was passed by the British Parliament as a means to pay for British troops on the American frontier. Colonists violently protest the first direct tax on the American colonies. Americans were forced to pay tax directly to England. and not to their own local legislatures in America.
1766 March 18. Stamp Act repealed - Ben Franklin argued for repeal and warned of a possible revolution in the American colonies if the Stamp Act was enforced by the British military
June: Townshend Revenue Acts - new taxes on imports
The Treaty of Fort Stanwix, the Treaty of Hard Labor (both 1768) and the Treaty of Lochaber (1770) opened much of what is now West Virginia and Kentucky to British settlement.
March: Merchants in Philadelphia join the boycott
March: "The Boston Massacre" - Four workers shot by British troops in Boston.
June: A British customs schooner called the Gaspee is attacked by colonists from Providence
May 10: The Tea Act claiming a threepenny per pound import tax on tea arriving in the colonies and provides the British East India Company a virtual tea monopoly by selling directly to chosen tea agents, bypassing and underselling American merchants who acted as middlemen.
March: The Coercive Acts (called Intolerable Acts by Americans) in response to the rebellion in Massachusetts. The Coercive Acts included:
February 9: English Parliament declares Massachusetts to be in a state of rebellion
January. Thomas Paine's Common Sense published providing strong arguments for American independence.
January 3: American victory at Princeton
February 6: France signs a treaty of alliance with the United States and the American Revolution soon becomes a world war.
April 1-30, 1779 - In retaliation for Indian raids on colonial settlements, American troops from North Carolina and Virginia attack Chickamauga Indian villages in Tennessee.
April 8: British attack Charleston, South Carolina
January: Series of mutinies by American troops quashed
February 27: English Parliament votes against further war in America.
February 4: England officially declares an end to hostilities in America
January 14: The Treaty of Paris is ratified by Congress and the American Revolutionary War officially ends.
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