The Treaty of Paris is signed between the French and the British, ending the French and Indian War (Seven Years War). The war had financially drained Britain, causing the British government to have to put new and high taxes on the colonies.
The Proclamation of 1763
October 7, 1763
The Proclamation of 1763 is signed forbidding settlement west of the Appalachian Mountains. Angering many colonists.
April 5, 1764
The first attempt to finance defense of the colonies by British government, and also to show the authority of British government on the colonies. The act added tax to sugar, molasses, and other imported goods.
April 9, 1764
The Currency Act passes Parliament, prohibiting the colonies from issuing legal tender paper money.
March 22, 1765
British government passes the Stamp Act, putting a tax on legal documents, newspapers, and any other paper. This is the first direct tax on the American colonists.
March 24, 1765
The Quartering Act Is passed in the colonies, which requires colonies to provide housing for British soldiers in America.
May 29, 1765
At a meeting of the Virginia House of Burgesses, Patrick Henry begins the discussion of Virginia Resolution, stating seven radical resolutions to the Stamp Act. Only four out of the seven resolutions are actually adopted and passed by the Virginia House of Burgesses in response to the Stamp Act.
Sons of Liberty was Founded
Their organizations are founded in towns across the colonies to protest the acts putted on them by British government. They often protest with violence.
March 18, 1766
The Stamp Act is declined, but the Declaratory Act is passed, giving the British government complete control on the colonies.
June 29, 1767
The Townshend Act passes parliament, introducing taxes on items like paper, glass, tea, etc.
March 5, 1770
A disagreement between a mob of colonists and a group British soldiers led to the soldiers shooting five dead and injuring six (while being attacked by the colonists).
Repeal of the Townshend Act
April 12, 1770
King George III partially repeals the Townshend Act, leaving only the taxes on teas.
The Committees of Correspondence is established
November 2, 1772
A Boston town meeting led by Samuel Adams became a twenty-one member committee. Their purpose is to united all of the colonies' responses to the British policies made against the colonies.
May 10, 1773
The Tea Act is passed, giving the East India Company a monopoly on the tea trades, which angered many colonists because the East India Company gets to sell their teas cheaper them.
The Boston Tea Party
December 16, 1773
After getting impatient of the Tea Act, Samuel Adams and the Sons of Liberty dressed as the Mohawk Indians, board the East India Company ships parked in the Boston Harbor to dump 342 caskets of teas into the ocean
Intolerable Acts (Coercive Acts)
March 31, 1774
After the Boston Tea Party, the British parliament was angered by the actions, so they passed a series of laws called the Intolerable Acts on the colonists.
Battles of Lexington and Concord
April 18, 1775
When the British is going to destroy the weapon storage of the colonists at Concord, but was quickly warned by Paul Revere. It is a battle fought between the British troops and minutemen. This battle was considered to be the most famous battle that began the American Revolution.