The Sugar Act was enforced to tax the importation of molasses. This set a high tax rate on French molasses which made the trade unprofitable for the colonies.
March 22, 1765
This act made where you must pay taxes for a stamp so it was recognized as a legal document. The American colonies didn't want to pay the taxes on stamps for shipping. This was the first direct tax on the colonies.
Boycott of British Goods
The American colonies boycotted the luxuries sent from England because of the Acts being placed on them. The Stamp Act was the final straw because it taxed all their printed materials. They wanted to be free from England.
May 3, 1765
The colonies had to house British soldiers if they were nearby. The colonies were unhappy with this act and New York assembly refused to fund until 1767.
Stamp Act Repealed
March 8, 1766
The Stamp Act was repealed after the boycotts on British goods. The American colonies got some more freedom and wanted it to stay that way.
June 15, 1767
The British placed more taxes and reduced the freedom of the American colonies. Taxes were placed on paper, paint, lead, glass, and tea. This led to the second American boycott.
March 5, 1770
British redcoats shot and killed five civilians in Boston. This united the colonies together to fight against England.
Committees of Correspondence
Colony leaders joined together to spread ideas about resisting taxes. This was the first time all the colonies tried to work together politically.
December 16, 1773
The tea was shipped directly to the colonies without first going to England. This lead to the Boston Tea Party because the American colonies didn't want to pay taxes on the tea.
Second Continental Congress Meets
May 10, 1775
This meeting was about trying to form a government to organize the American colonies. They formed a Continental Army to fight against the British for freedom.