PRELUDE TO REVOLUTION

Events

TREATY OF PARIS

1763

made the colonists cranky because it limited their ability to take land from the Indians, and it also left them holding the bag for a lot of war debt

SUGAR ACT

1764

extension of the molasses act, but it gave british courts the right to try colonial smugglers, taking that power away from colonial courts which had been notoriously lenient when it came to smuggling

STAMP ACT

1765

all printed material had to carry a stamp (which came with a fee); tax angered anyone who worked with paper

STAMP ACT CONGRESS

OCTOBER 1765

decided to boycott british goods and this was the first major coordinated action by the colonies together, and it might be the first time that we can speak of the colonies acting in a united way

TOWNSHEND ACTS

1767

created a new board of customs to stop smuggling

BOSTON MASSACRE

March 5, 1770

five colonists were killed, including most famously crispus attucks, a sailor of mixed race ancestry

TEA ACT

1773

offered tax exemptions and rebates for tea coming in from the british-east india company which allowed them to dump cheap tea on the colonies, which actually lowered the price of tea

BOSTON TEA PARTY

December 16, 1773

colonists dressed up as indians and dumped enough tea into boston harbor to cause the modern equivalent of a four million dollar loss

INTOLERABLE ACTS

1774

the massachusetts government act curtailed self-government there, the quartering act forced colonists to house british soldiers in their homes when ordered to and the quebec act extended the southern boundary of quebec and granted religious toleration to catholics, which was none too popular with the great awakening crowd, having recently awoken

FIRST CONTINENTAL CONGRESS

september 1774

a group of delegates from twelve of the thirteen colonies met in philadelphia to coordinate the resistance of the intolerable acts, deciding to boycott taxes and encourage domestic manufacturing