Events Leading Up to the Revolutionary War

By Maddie Reinhart and Ashley Kochis 7B


The Navigation Acts


This act restricted American trade through only allowing British citizens to trade and only British ships could transport imported and exported goods to other places. This caused the American colonists to start smuggling goods.

The French and Indian War

1754 - 1763

This war was fought between the British, the French, and the Indians of North America. The British won and got to keep most of Canada and parts of the New World.

The Sugar Act


This Act put a 3-cent-tax on the foreign sugar and increased taxes on coffee, indigo, and certain kinds of wine.

The Stamp Act


This Act put a tax on newspapers, pamphlets, and other public and legal documents.

The Quartering Act


This act was to give British troops housing whenever they needed. You were not allowed to say you didn't have any room for them unless you didn't.

The Decalaratory Acts

March 18, 1766

This act was a gesture of British Parliament defending its authority to pass laws on the colonies, even though they lacked any representation.

The Townshend Acts


These were a series of acts named after Charles Townshend. They put taxes on glass, lead, paints, paper, and tea. Most of these were repealed except for the tax on tea.

The Boston Massacre

March 5, 1770

British troops shot 5 colonists in the street of Boston. There was a dispute over what actually happened. It appeared that the colonists had annoyed the troops which caused them to shoot.

The Tea Act


Parliament tried to bail out the East India Company. The colonists revolted and refused to buy tea. The British lowered the price of tea but the colonists still would not buy it.

The Boston Tea Party

December 16, 1773

The Sons of Liberty boarded British ships and dumped 342 whole crates of tea into the ocean.

The Intolerable Acts


British merchants had lost huge sums of money on looted, spoiled, and destroyed goods shipped to the colonies.

The First Continental Congress

September 1774

This was a meeting consisting of 56 delegates from 12 colonies
They had a meeting due to the Intolerable Acts to decide what they should do about their freedom.

The Ride of Paul Revere

April 18, 1775

Paul Revere rode on his horse to several colonies to report that "The British were coming!" , so that all of the minutemen could be ready to fight by the time the British got to Lexington and Concord.