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Kingdom of Great Britain
The former Kingdom of Great Britain, sometimes described as the 'United Kingdom of Great Britain', That the Two Kingdoms of Scotland and England, shall upon the 1st May next ensuing the date hereof, and forever after, be United into One Kingdom by the Name of GREAT BRITAIN. was a sovereign state in northwest Europe, in existence from 1707 to 1801...
Timeline of Events
1683
11.1.1683
The British crown colony of New York is subdivided into 12 counties.
1707
1.16.1707
The Scottish Parliament ratifies the Act of Union, paving the way for the creation of Great Britain.
5.1.1707
The Act of Union joins the Kingdom of England and Kingdom of Scotland to form the Kingdom of Great Britain.
1708
3.11.1708
Queen Anne withholds Royal Assent from the Scottish Militia Bill, the last time a British monarch vetoes legislation.
1709
9.11.1709
Battle of Malplaquet: Great Britain, Netherlands and Austria fight against France.
1718
11.22.1718
Off the coast of North Carolina, British pirate Edward Teach (best known as "Blackbeard") is killed in battle with a boarding party led by Lieutenant Robert Maynard.
1727
10.11.1727
George II and Caroline of Ansbach are crowned King and Queen of Great Britain.
1736
5.26.1736
Battle of Ackia: British and Chickasaw soldiers repel a French and Choctaw attack on the Chickasaw village of Ackia, near present-day Tupelo, Mississippi. The French, under Louisiana governor Jean Baptiste Le Moyne, Sieur de Bienville, had sought to link Louisiana with Acadia and the other northern colonies of New France.
1739
9.9.1739
Stono Rebellion, the largest slave uprising in Britain's mainland North American colonies prior to the American Revolution, erupts near Charleston, South Carolina.
10.23.1739
War of Jenkins' Ear starts: British Prime Minister, Robert Walpole, reluctantly declares war on Spain.
1755
6.16.1755
French and Indian War: the French surrender Fort Beauséjour to the British, leading to the expulsion of the Acadians.
1756
5.18.1756
The Seven Years' War begins when Great Britain declares war on France.
1758
7.8.1758
French forces hold Fort Carillon against the British at Ticonderoga, New York.
11.25.1758
French and Indian War: British forces capture Fort Duquesne from French control. Fort Pitt is built nearby and it grows into modern Pittsburgh.
1759
9.18.1759
The British capture Quebec City.
1761
9.22.1761
George III and Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz are crowned King and Queen, respectively, of the Kingdom of Great Britain.
1762
10.6.1762
Seven Years' War: conclusion of the Battle of Manila between Britain and Spain, which resulted in the British occupation of Manila for the rest of the war.
1765
3.24.1765
American Revolutionary War: The Kingdom of Great Britain passes the Quartering Act that requires the Thirteen Colonies to house British troops.
11.1.1765
The British Parliament enacts the Stamp Act on the 13 colonies in order to help pay for British military operations in North America.
1770
8.21.1770
James Cook formally claims eastern Australia for Great Britain, naming it New South Wales.
1772
6.9.1772
The British schooner ''Gaspée'' is burned off the coast of Rhode Island.
1774
3.31.1774
American Revolutionary War: The Kingdom of Great Britain orders the port of Boston, Massachusetts closed pursuant to the Boston Port Act.
6.2.1774
Intolerable Acts: The Quartering Act is enacted, allowing a governor in colonial America to house British soldiers in uninhabited houses, outhouses, barns, or other buildings if suitable quarters are not provided.
10.21.1774
First display of the word "Liberty" on a flag, raised by colonists in Taunton, Massachusetts in defiance of British rule in Colonial America.
1776
4.12.1776
American Revolution: With the Halifax Resolves, the North Carolina Provincial Congress authorizes its Congressional delegation to vote for independence from Britain.
6.15.1776
Delaware Separation Day – Delaware votes to suspend government under the British Crown and separate officially from Pennsylvania.
8.27.1776
The Battle of Long Island: in what is now Brooklyn, New York, British forces under General William Howe defeat Americans under General George Washington.
9.7.1776
World's first submarine attack: the American submersible craft ''Turtle'' attempts to attach a time bomb to the hull of British Admiral Richard Howe's flagship HMS ''Eagle'' in New York Harbor.
9.15.1776
American Revolutionary War: British forces land at Kip's Bay during the New York Campaign.
12.25.1776
George Washington and his army cross the Delaware River to attack the Kingdom of Great Britain's Hessian mercenaries in Trenton, New Jersey.
1777
1.2.1777
American Revolutionary War: American forces under the command of George Washington repulsed a British attack at the Battle of the Assunpink Creek near Trenton, New Jersey
8.16.1777
American Revolutionary War: The Americans led by General John Stark rout British and Brunswick troops under Friedrich Baum at the Battle of Bennington in Walloomsac, New York.
1778
6.18.1778
7.10.1778
American Revolution: Louis XVI of France declares war on the Kingdom of Great Britain.
1779
6.16.1779
Spain declares war on the Kingdom of Great Britain, and the siege of Gibraltar begins.
1780
9.21.1780
1781
9.6.1781
The Battle of Groton Heights takes place, resulting a British victory.
10.19.1781
At Yorktown, Virginia, representatives of British commander Lord Cornwallis handed over Cornwallis' sword and formally surrendered to George Washington and the comte de Rochambeau.
1782
11.30.1782
American Revolutionary War: Treaty of Paris — In Paris, representatives from the United States and the Kingdom of Great Britain sign preliminary peace articles (later formalized as the 1783 Treaty of Paris).
1783
1.20.1783
The Kingdom of Great Britain signs a peace treaty with France and Spain, officially ending hostilities in the Revolutionary War.