The Road to Revolution

Events Leading Up to the Revolution

Pontiac's Rebellion


A rebellion that turned into a war between Native Americans and the British forces after the Natives tried to attack Fort Detroit.

Proclamation of 1763

October 7, 1763

A law passed by King George III of the British government saying that the colonists can expand only as West as the Appalachian Mountains.

Sugar Act

April 5, 1764

An act passed to enforce collection of taxes on molasses because after the Molasses Act was passed, the taxes were never really collected.

Stamp Act

February 6, 1765

A direct tax requiring printed materials in the colonies to be printed on paper made in London with a embossed revenue stamp.

Quartering Act

March 24, 1765

A tax on the colonists to to pay for quartering and provisioning of British troops.

Sons and Daughters of Liberty


Colonists of any age and gender that worked to protect the rights of the colonists.

Townshend Acts

June 29, 1767

A group of laws made to help colonists raise money to pay the salaries of governors and judges so that they would be independent of colonial rule.

Boston Massacre

March 5, 1770

An incident that led to the deaths of five civilians at the hands of British troops.

Committee of Correspondence


A group of people put together by governments of the colonies to arrange written communication with outside of British America.

Boston Tea Party

December 16, 1773

A protest of taxes on tea where citizens dumped hundreds of chests of tea into the the harbor.

Non-Importation Agreement


A document that listed the rights that the colonists felt they were being denied as English people.

Shot Heard 'Round the World

April 19, 1775

A phrase that was written by Ralph Waldo Emerson to describe the battle of Lexington and Concord.

Declaration of Independence

July 4, 1776

A document declaring the colonists independent from British rule.