British Troops open fire on civilian Bostonian Crowd
Killing five colonists
First blood drawn between British and Colonists
Symbolizes shift from activism to more of a state of war (not war yet)
Colonials boarded and seized three East India Company ships and illegally dumped taxed British tea into the Boston Harbor.
First act of violence among Colonial protests.
Prior, British had attempted to mend Colonial affairs, after this even they no longer felt the need to act civilly.
Closed Boston Ports until the East India Company was repaid for destroyed tea
British and the Crown felt it was necessary punishment for Boston
Colonists were enraged for the entire city was punished for the acts of a few individuals
Raised anger towards Great Britain
Parliament ends democratic government in Massachusetts
Allows government to appoint legislature
Limited Town meetings to one per year
Outraged colonists because they were, in essence, being controlled by Parliament overseas
Delegates from all colonies (excluding Georgia) formed Congress
Start of an individual government within the colonies
Shift from unofficial private meetings to declaring political power apart from the British Government
Massachusetts starts to form militias, in preparation for war
Britain declares the colonies in a state of rebellion
While not declaring war against the colonies, it is basically the same
Conflict on Bunker Hill near Boston.
British Captured Bunker Hill but lost near a third of deployed troops.
Considered the start of the Revolutionary War.
The Revolutionary War started when the British Parliament declared the Colonies in a "State of Rebellion". Prior to this event, the Colonist's delegates sought to repair their relations with the British, however after this event, war was almost inevitable and in the words of Patrick Henry "There is no retreat but in submission and slavery!...The war is inevitable—and let it come! I repeat it, sir, let it come."