Countdown to Independence

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Parliament required the colonies to sell raw materials

1760

Parliament passed the Stamp Act

1765

Parliament repealed Stamp Act, now passed Intolerable Acts

1774

Colonists fraught and began the First Continental Congress.

1774

Second Continental Congress met in Philadelphia; they wanted independence

1775

Britain and colonists went to war in Lexington and Concord Massachusetts.

1775

Congress approved the Declaration of Independence

1776

Half of the delegates said the colony must become independent

1776

Founding of the Articles of Confederation; friendship among the states

1777

All of the 13 states ratified the Articles of Confederation

1781