Causes of the American Revolution

Events

The French and Indian War

1754 - 1763

The British Parliament decides to station troops in America after the war. They tax colonists to pay for these troops and their maintenance.

Currency act

1764 - 1767

Britain releases yet another tax on the colonists, causing more and more of them to become upset.

Townshend Acts

1764 - 1767

Britain taxes the colonies, but they don't have any American representatives in the British Parliament. The colonists protest and create the motto "No Taxation Without Representation." Britain also establishes the Sugar, Currency, Quartering, and Stamp Acts.

Sons of Liberty

1765 - 1776

A group of protestors bands together. They disagree with the British Parliament and their taxes.

Townshend Acts Repealed

1770

Britain repeals the Townshend Acts and many other taxes, but keeps the tax on tea.

Boston Tea Party

December 16, 1773

A number of colonists are killed by British troops. While the troops acted out of self-defense, Americans are horrified and say these colonists have been murdered by the British.

Representatives Sent to the First Continental Congress

1774

Twelve of the thirteen colonies send representatives to Congress to protest the Intolerable Acts. They receive no response from Britain. (Additionally, colonists boycott British goods as another form of a peaceful protest.)

Intolerable Acts

1774

Britain establishes a number of acts, including the Boston Port Act, and the colonists deem them intolerable due to the severity of these acts. The Boston Port Act (Boston Blockade) involved British ships blockading the port of Boston, preventing trade between the colonies. This was a huge step towards the revolution.

Lexington and Concord

1775

The war begins with shots fired in Lexington and Concord. This marks the beginning of the American Revolution.