Proclamation of 1763


This law that announced that colonists wouldn't be able to create settlements west of the Appalachian Mountains, but many colonists remained excited to find new lands. The proclamation did not work as expected, because the colonists continued to settle further west.

Stamp Act

March, 1765

This law required most written or printed items (newspapers, legal documents, and playing cards) to be made on special paper and stamped when taxes were fully paid. In order to buy this paper, colonists had to pay a large tax.

Sons of Liberty

August, 1765

The Sons of Liberty was a secret society, formed by American Colonists, that was organized to plot against the British.

Stamp Act Congress

October, 1765

9 of the 13 colonies sent representatives met at a special meeting and published the Declaration of Right and Grievances. The Declaration of Right and Grievances was a document that demanded that the stamp act be repealed and Parliament couldn’t tax the colonies. This was the first meeting with elected representatives.

Townshend Act


An act that stated the king and Parliament had the power to make laws that governed the colonies. It also let Parliament to give any amount of duties and taxes on the colonies at any time.

Daughters of Liberty


Merchants reacted to the Townshend Act by refusing to take in goods imported from Britain. The Daughters of Liberty was a group of women you supported the boycott and found or made substitutes for the British good.

Declaratory Act

March, 1767

A document that stated that the king and Parliament had the exclusive right to make laws to govern the colonies.

Tea Act


The Tea Act was when Britain sent millions of pounds of Britain East India tea with low prices to the colonists. The tea also had a large tax, but Britain thought that the colonists would not mind paying the tax because of the low prices.

Tea Party

December 16, 1773

The colonist did not like the taxation of the tea and other goods. In this anger, the Boston colonists dumped hundreds of pounds of tea into the Boston Harbor.

Intolerable Act


The British were furious from at the colonist after the Boston Tea Party, so they passed a series of regulations that colonists had to follow. This act took power away from the Massachusetts legislature and gave more power to British troops. It also made a blockade around the Boston Harbor, closing off many trading points. Some Patriots considered this as an act of war.