Selected Timelines & Maps on the American Revolutionary War

Websites with Timelines and Maps


Websites with Timelines

Institution: George Washington’s Mount Vernon, VA

Videos, paintings, and primary documents bring this interactive timeline to life, giving students access to both textual and visual explanations of key events leading up to and during the American Revolution. The timeline covers the period 1775-1781 and was created by the Mount Vernon Memorial in George Washington’s former home, owned and maintained in trust for the people of the United States by the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association of the Union, a private, non-profit organization.



Institution: Museum of the American Revolution, Philadelphia, PA

The Museum of the American Revolution has created this interactive timeline to allow students access to photographs of a variety of fascinating images from the museum’s own collection. Artifacts such as Hessian headgear worn in the conflict, soldiers’ powder horns, cups from Washington’s camp, and of course, dozens of different weapons used in the war illustrate the timeline and help students of the Revolution experience the reality of war in the 18th century.



Institution: National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior

The National Park Service has created a subdivided, interactive timeline to aid students in learning about the American Revolution. The timeline is divided into five periods – the “Lead-in to War,” “Independence Declared,” “War in the North,” the “Southern Campaigns,” and the “Aftermath.” Each period is further divided chronologically into key events that took place during that period, and the events are accompanied by both textual and visual explanations. Many of the entries also have links to physical and virtual sites across the country that further explain the history and background of key developments.



Institution: Teaching American History, Ashbrook Center at Ashland University,
Ashland, OH

The Ashbrook Center at Ashland University has created this database of an interactive timeline of the American Revolution to aid students in their comprehensive study of the conflict. The timeland and the related documents span a wide geographical distance. The timeline is for the American Revolutionary Wars divided into three time periods: 1775-1778, 1778-1781, and continues until the present.



Websites with Maps

Institution: United States Military Academy, West Point, NY

In 1938, the predecessors of today's Department of History at the United States Military Academy at West Point began developing a series of campaign atlases to aid in teaching cadets a course entitled, "History of the Military Art." Since then, the Department has produced over six atlases and more than one thousand maps, encompassing not only America’s wars but global conflicts as well. This database boasts multiple maps of the American Revolution from various perspectives, showing both British campaigns as well as colonial endeavors.




Institution: American Battlefield Trust, Washington, D.C.

This animated map is just that – an animated map in video form, created by the American Battlefield Trust to teach students of the American Revolution how, where, and why the conflict arose. The 19-minute production includes live reenactments of battles in combination with maps that show exactly which areas were involved in those battles and where their impact was felt most heavily.