End of the French and Indian War / The Proclamation of 1763
The Proclamation closed off the frontier to colonial expansion. The proclamation was presented by the King and his council to calm the fears of the Indians.
The Declaratory Act
March 18, 1766
This act was enforced to better secure the dependency of dominions in America upon the crown of Great Britain.
Boston non-importation Agreement
August 1, 1768
This agreement had five major parts. Specifically, the colonies will not import, export, or purchase goods that are associated with Britain.
The Boston Massacre
March 5, 1770
The Boston Massacre was basically a street fight between a "patriot" mob and colonists. This event lead to several deaths of colonists.
The Gaspee Affair
June 9, 1772
Gaspee was British customs that had been enforcing the Navigation Acts, in and around Newport, Rhode Island.
Boston Port Act
The Boston Port Act was considered one of the "Intolerable Acts". The government ended up spending to much money on equipment and troops in an attempt to subjugate the Massachusetts Bay.
October 20, 1774
This was a universal agreement that prohibited the trade with Great Britain. It prohibited consumption, export, and import of goods with England.
George Washington named Commander and Chief of the
Washington fought for indepence from the crown he once served with the help of the French, whom he once fought against.
Patrick Henry Speech
March 23, 1775
"Give me liberty or give me death"
January 10, 1776
Thomas Paine published "Common Sense" to challenge the authority of the British Crown. Paine used plain language really spoke to common people in the colonies. This was the first step to openly request independence from Great Britain.