1775 April 19- Revolutionary War begins at Lexington and Concord.
April 20- More than 1000 Rhode Islanders, armed and disciplined soldiers, mobilize overnight and march to Boston.
1776 May 4- RI Independence Day. General Assembly formally renounces allegiance to Great Britain, the first Colony to declare her absolute independence of the Crown.
December 8 --British forces take possession of Newport
1778 February 9--Articles of Confederation adopted by Rhode Island.
July 29-- French fleet arrives off Newport.
August 29-- Battle of Rhode Island
1779 British evacuate Newport
1780 Count Rochambeau arrives at Newport with 6500 French troops.
1781 Public reception given to General George Washington in Newport.
1784 Emancipation Act provides for gradual abolition of slavery.
1787 First spinning jenny in the United States constructed and put into use in Providence.
1790 May 29--Rhode Island ratifies Federal Constitution
First cotton factory in American begun by Samuel Slater in Pawtucket
1792 Elijah Ormsbee makes successful trip on Providence River in his steamboat, the "Experiment".