U.S. History


French and Indian War

1754 - 1763

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

Proclamation of 1763


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

Sugar Act


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 Repealed in 1766.

Quartering Act


Required colonists to house British soldiers. Repealed in 1770.

Stamp Act


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 Repealed in 1766.

Townshend Acts


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 Repealed in 1770.

Boston Massacre


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

Boston Tea Party


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

Tea Act


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 Repealed in 1778.

First Continental Congress


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


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


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