1760 to 1764
mar - Much of Boston is destroyed by a raging fire.
sep - Quebec surrenders to the English.
oct - George III of Great Britain crowned.
x - Francis Nixon, an Irishman, comes up with a way to print chintz (brightly colored cloth)
x - The population of colonists in America is c1,500,000.
x - |Russia ?+|
Empress Elizabeth + dies and
Peter III + becomes ruler. He signs a document
restoring to Prussia all the land Russia had taken from it in the past.
x - |Russia|
Within a few months od becomeing tsar Peter III is overthrown by his
wife, Catherine the Great + who rules until
[re.List of Tsars]
x - The French government sets up a special section of the Gobelins tapestry factory to
produce Chinese and Japanese fakes, since the demand for Chinese and Japanese goods are draining the country
x - Rousseau's Social contract
x - England ?+
declares war on Spain.
may - Chief Pontiac begin all-out warfare against the British west of Niagara, destroying several British forts and conducting a siege against the British at Detroit.
jun 23 - Josephine Tascher, later to become the first wife of Napoleon Bonapart, born at St. Pierre, capital of Martinico.
aug - Pontiac's forces are defeated by the British near Pittsburgh.
nov - Pontiac's siege of Detroit ends.
x - French and Indian War (seven Years War) ends with the Treaty of Paris in which France gives England all French territory east of the Mississippi River, except New Orleans.
x - The Royal Proclamation renames the colony of Canada as the province of Quebec.
x - Catherine the Great + of Russia takes the Dukedom of
Courland away from Charles, son of Augustus III, king of Poland, and gives it instead to Biran.
x - Augustus III of Poland dies.
x - The Proclamation of 1763, signed by King George III of England, prohibits any English settlement west of the Appalachian mountains and requires those already settled in those regions to return east in an attempt to ease tensions with Native Americans.
x - The Spanish give up east and west Florida to the English in return for Cuba.
may - At a town meeting in Boston, James Otis raises the issue of taxation without representation and urges a united response to the recent acts imposed by England.
jul - Otis publishes "The Rights of the British Colonies Asserted and Proved."
aug - Boston merchants begin a boycott of British luxury goods.
sep 07 - Stanislas is elected ruler of Poland.
x - Catherine the Great + of Russia and Frederick of Prussia sign an agreement to bring presure on the Polish diet to elect Stanislas Poniatowski as their new ruler.
x - James Hargreaves creates the spinning jenny, a meachnical spinning wheel.
x - The Sugar Act is passed by the English Parliament to offset the war debt brought on by the French and Indian War and to help pay for the expenses of running the colonies and newly acquired territories.
x - The English Parliament passes a measure to reorganize the American customs system to better enforce British trade laws, which have often been ignored in the past. A court is established in Halifax, Nova Scotia, that will have jurisdiction over all of the American colonies in trade matters.
x - The Currency Act prohibits the colonists from issuing any legal tender paper money.