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1775 May 10 Second Continental Congress convenes in Philadelphia June 14 Continental Congress creates Continental Army June 17 Battle of Bunker Hill July Congress offers the Olive Branch Petition in attempt at reconciliation with king American armies march on Montreal and Quebec 1776 January1 Americans lose assault on Quebec January Thomas Paines Common Sense published March British evacuate Boston July 4 Declaration of independence adopted The British defeated the French and their Indian allies in the French and Indian War 1754-1763 The result was British control over much of North America But the war had cost England a great deal of money and Parliament decided it was time for the Colonies to pay a share for their own defense The American Revolution became inevitable as far back as 1643 when the New England Confederation of Plymouth Massachusetts Bay Connecticut and New Haven were formed for defense against Indians and the Dutch In 1754 representatives of seven northern colonies met at Albany NY to consider plans for a permanent union of all colonies for defense against the French and Indians and for other purposes however the time was not right for a union After England won the French and Indian war in 1763 England turned its attention to ways of increasing government revenues to pay the war debt England believed that the best way to increase funds was to further tax the colonies It imposed Navigation Acts of 1651 1660 1672 1696 the Molasses Act of 1733 and the Sugar Act of 1764 It required that most of the trade of the British colonies be carried on in British or colonial ships so that all tax collection could be controlled The frontiersmen found that a Royal Proclamation of 1763 halted their expansion westward stopping them at a line created at the Appalachians Open opposition to all of these acts became serious when the Stamp Act of 1765 was passed Parliament
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