History

Events

Proclamation of 1763

1763

Stopped the colonists from moving west of the Appalachian Mountains.

Sugar Act

1764

A law created to raise revenue from the American colonists. It reduced the rate on molasses from 6 pence to 3 pence a gallon. It helped reduce the practice of smuggling bribery, intimidation and corruption in the colonies which were used to avoid paying taxes.

The Stamp Act

1765

A law that required items such as paper, stamps, letters, documents and almost everything made of paper. the American colonists were forced to pay a fee on almost every piece of paper used for legal documents.

The Declaratory Act

1766

It provided the British with the authorization to impose laws, and taxes, on the American colonies.

The Townshend Act

1767

A new set of laws that created import taxes on British goods including paint, paper, lead, glass and tea and used revenues to maintain British troops in America and to pay the salaries of some Royal officials who were appointed to work in the American colonies.

The Boston Massacre

1770

A mob fight that broke out between British soldiers and colonists after a gun shot went of from one of the British.

The Intolerable Acts

1774

Set of laws that were passed by parliament. Four of them were created to punish the Boston Tea Party. The fifth was a threat to the expansion of the colonies.

The Battle of Lexington and Concord

1775

The first battle of the Revolutionary War. It happened when the British were sent to seize the stockpile of weapons and ammo owned by the militia.

The Declaration of Independence

1776

It announced the 13 American colonies as independent states and no longer under British rule. it was originally drafted by Thomas Jefferson, and signed on July 4th, 1776.