The British were in a lot of debt after the French and Indian War which led them to create more taxes. They taxed printed paper, newspapers, licenses, and even playing cards. The colonists were furious and protested.
After the colonists protested the Stamp Act the British came up with the Townshend Act. This taxed paper, paint, lead, glass, and tea. This made the colonists even angrier than before. They decided to boycott any tea from the British.
The Boston Massacre occurred on March 5th of 1770. The colonists found the new taxes extremely unfair so, they decided to protest. The protest soon escalated, the colonists started to taunt and throw things at the British. The colonists started to yell at the British "Fire, Fire damn you fire!". So when push came to shove the colonists got their wish. The British fired into the crowd to defend themselves. 5 colonists died.
Boston Tea Party
The Sons of Liberty were tired of putting up with the new tax on tea so, they took matters into their own hands. They took 340 chests of tea, that weighed over 92,000 pounds and dumped it into the Boston Harbor as a way to protest against the unfair taxes.
First Continntal Congress
56 representatives were sent to Philadelphia to represent all the colonies except Georgia to respond to the Intolerable Act.
The British fought back against the colonists. Instead of making new taxes that the colonists and British agreed on they enforced the Boston Port Act, Massachusetts Government Act, Administration of Justice Act, and Quartering Act. They did this as a way to punish Massachusetts for the Boston Tea Party protest.
Paul Revere’s Ride and the Battles of Lexington and Concord
Paul Revere was not the only person to ride and warn everyone about the British, there were more than 40 men also riding that night. Although the British defeated the colonists in Lexington the colonists got them back by defeating them in Concord sending them back to Boston.
Declaration of Independence
The Declaration of Independence was announced adopted by the Second Continental Congress meeting on July 4th of 1776. Its purpose was to show and explain their separation from the British.
Articles of Confederation ratified
The Articles of Confederation was an agreement with the 13 colonies of the United States. After a lot of arguing and fighting it was approved in 1777 and sent to the states for ratification. Although it was approved in 1777 all 13 colonies did not agree until 1781.
Treaty of Paris ends the war
On September 3rd, 1783 the Treaty of Paris was signed by King George lll of Great Britain and representatives of the United States. These signatures meant that the Revolutionary War had come to an end. The Americans had won.