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Proclamation of 1763

1763

Townshend Acts

1767 - 1770

A tax on lead, glass, paper, paint, and tea.

Boston Massacre

March 5, 1770 - March 6, 1770

Protest against all of the acts.Known back then as Bloody Massacre. The day after, Britain repeals the Townshend Acts

Tea Act

1773 - 1776

Even though Britain repealed the Townshend act, they left a tax on tea. They could only buy tea from one company.

Boston Tea Party

December 16, 1773

Colonists dress up as Indians and go onto the ships and dumped all of the crates of tea into the water.

Intolerable Acts

1774

Series of different laws that effected Boston, Massachusetts.
-shut down harbors(people lost jobs)
-suspend Massachusetts Assembly

1st Continental Congress

September 1774

The colonists rebel against Britain by boycotting all British trade. Georgia didn't join because they were too far away.

Lexington at Concord

April 19, 1775

Britain came to find the warehouse that the colonists hid weapons. When they find it empty, they march back to Boston, and the colonists killed about 200 British soldiers.

Second Continental Congress

May 10, 1775

They formed a continental army and printed money to pay the soldiers. It was the first government in the U.S.

Battle of Bunker Hill

June 1775

The colonists have to leave because they ran out of ammunition. The British won the battle because they left.

Olive Branch petition

July 1775

An open letter to King George lll saying if you back off all of these taxes and acts we will stop fighting and trade again. When he receives it, he just throws it away.

Common Sense

1776

Written by Thomas Payne saying to declare independence from Britain.

Declaration of Independence

June 1776 - July 4, 1776

Thomas Jefferson wrote it to declare independence. After two weeks, it was voted on and they then declared themselves independent.