Events Leading to the American Revolution

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French and Indian War

1754 - 1763
  • British and Colonists, French, Native Americans
  • Both sides wanted to expand territory into Ohio River Valley
  • British won, but were in debt
  • Made Colonists assume financial burden
  • Upset Colonists

Sugar Act

1764

-Tax on sugar products
-Used to reduce debt from war
-No way for colonists to voice opinion on new tax
-Felt inferior to British

Stamp Act

1765

-Colonists had to pay tax on stamps
-Upset colonists
-Merchants stopped importing goods from Britian
-Sons of Liberty and Daughters of Liberty were formed
-Protest and Propaganda

Quartering Act

1765

-Colonists provided room and board for British soldiers who were there to protect colonists
-Soldiers were acting out

Townshend Act

1767

-Suspended New York representation in Parliament
-Tax on imported goods(Tea)
-Used to address colonial frustration
-Colonists boycotted English goods
-Boston Massacre

Boston Massacre

1770

-Colonists were killed by British Soldiers
-Colonists were throwing rocks and taunting Soldiers
-Colonists called it a Massacre to make British look bad

Tea Act

1773

-Colonist had to buy British tea
-Help East Indian Company make more money
-Refused British tea
-Boston Tea Party

Boston Tea Party

1773

-Bostonian dumped tea from Britain into harbour
-Revolt British Taxation

Boston Port Act

1774

-Punished colonists
-Closed Boston Port till they paid for the Boston Tea Party
-First Continental congress sent Declaration of Rights and Grievances to King

MA Government Act and the Administration of Justice Act

1774

-Punished Colonists
-Reinforced Quartering Act
-Officials charged got tried in England

Quebec Act

1774

-Punished Colonists
-Claimed Quebec

Continetal Congress

1774

-no longer bought any British goods
-Created Deceleration of Rights and Grievances
-Colonists began to join together
-Wanted to get more rights

Battle of Lexington and Concord

1775

-Battle between British and colonist in colonies
-Colonist were extremely upset at British

Secondary

Treaty of Paris

1763

-Signed by French
-Gave up all claims in North America

Proclaimation of 1763

1763

-Gave land West of Appalachian Mountains to Native Americans
-Prevent violence between Native Americans and Colonists