U.S. History

Events

French and Indian War

1754 - 1763

A war over territories in the New World between Britain and France.

Proclamation of 1763

1763

Forbade all settlements on the west side of the Appalachian Mountains.

Sugar Act

1764

Parliament passed this act; it required colonists to pay taxes on imported sugar and molasses. Repealed in 1766.

Quartering Act

1765

Required colonists to house British soldiers. Repealed in 1770.

Stamp Act

1765

A tax on every printed paper the colonists used. Repealed in 1766.

Townshend Acts

1767

Imposed taxes on everyday items (paper, tea, lead, paint) imported in colonies. Repealed in 1770.

Boston Massacre

1770

Some British soldiers let loose a few shots at some colonists, killing five. This increased animosity between colonists and Britain.

Boston Tea Party

1773

Outraged at Britain, some 200 colonists, dressed as Indians, dumped three ships' tea into Boston Harbor.

Tea Act

1773

Granted the British East India Company Tea a monopoly over tea imported to the colonists. Repealed in 1778.

First Continental Congress

1774

This was in response to the Intolerable Acts. Delegates from colonies gather together and made a declaration of rights: life, liberty, property, assembly, trial by jury.

Intolerable Acts

1774

Britain's response to the Tea Party. They were meant to punish mainly Boston and Massachusetts. The acts took many rights away from colonists, like in trials.

Battles of Lexington and Concord

1775

First battles of the Revolutionary War. Colonists, although many had been hurt or killed, stood their ground during these battles against Britain.