Sugar act

April 5, 1764

The british imposed a tax on sugar in 1764 that enraged the colonists

Stamp act

March 22, 1765

The British infuriated the colonists as they establish direct taxes on necessary items such as any type of paper, making it impossible to have any sort of document without paying a tax.

Quartering acts

May 3, 1765

the British pass a law that allows British soldiers in America the right to stay in anyone's "quarters" or living space upon request and ripped the freedom away from colonists

Townshend acts

June 15, 1767

The Townshend act, starting in 1767, began a series of laws that established taxes in everything from tea and paper to glass and paint

Boston Massacre

March 5, 1770

Colonists gather in front of British soldiers outside their quarters, hurling snowball and insults at the men. In the confusion the soldiers, without a fire command, shoot at the colonists killing five people including Crispus Attucks, one of the first African-Americans and colonist to die in the revolution.

Boston Tea Party

December 16, 1773

Colonists, in an act of protest, dumped thousands of pounds of tea into the Boston harbor in an act of defiance against the tax on tea.

Coercive acts

March 24, 1774

Labeled the intolerable acts by colonists, the coercive acts established ridiculous laws on the colonies in an attempt to control the colonists after the Boston Tea Party. These laws did the opposite, enraging the colonists and fueling their revolt.

Breakout of American Revolution

April 19, 1775

Colonists reach a peak of rage and declare war on Britain