Major Events that Led to the American Revolution

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  • French and Indian War

    French and Indian War
    The French and the British were both trying to claim similar land area when conflict arose. This sparked a war. The Indians sided with the French. The British won the war, however, they were put into deep debt. They had to demand higher revenue fom the colonies, which the colonists of course did not appreciate.
  • Proclamation of 1763

    Proclamation of 1763
    On October 7, 1763, King George III signed the Proclamation of 1763. This prohibited all settlemrnt west of the Appalachan Mountains. Many colonists took great offense to this order.
  • Sugar Act

    Sugar Act
    The Sugar Act was the first of many, many acts issued by the Parliament of Great Britain. It raised revenue by increasing duties on sugar imported from the West Indies.
  • Currency Act

    Currency Act
    Those of the parliament argued that colonial currency caused a devaluation harmful to British tade. Therefore, they established the Currency Act of 1764 that banned American assemblies from issuing paper bills or bills of credit.
  • Stamp Act

    Stamp Act
    The Stamp Act was yet another act signed by the king. This time, they required tax stamps on many more things and documents including playing cards, newspapers, and marriage liscences.
  • Quartering Act

    Quartering Act
    The Quartering Act of 1765 ordered that colonists were to hause and feed British soldiers if it was necessary, which wasn't exactly convenient for the bossed-around colonists.
  • Sons and Daughters of Liberty

    Sons and Daughters of Liberty
    The colonists were fed up with being told what to do by people all the way across the Atlantic. They tried fighting back by forming the Sons and Daughters of Liberty and imposing non-importation agreements.
  • Stamp Act Congress

    Stamp Act Congress
    27 delagates fom nine different colonies met in New York City on October 19, 1765. They drew up a statement of rights and grievances which therby brought the colonies together, opposing Great Britain.
  • Townshend Acts

    Townshend Acts
    The British Parliament just kept on going with the taxes. On November 20, 1767, the Townshend Acts were passed. This put taxes on things such as glass, paper, and even tea. The colonists were really angered now, and smuggling increased activity to try and avoid the tax. Some citizens even took to tar-and-feathering tax collectors!
  • Boston Massacre

    Boston Massacre
    Colonists and British soldiers openly clashed in Boston on the fifth day of March in 1770. Although people are not completely sure how or why it started, this was a good example of British cruelty. As shots were fired, five colonists were killed.
  • Tea Act

    Tea Act
    Under the Tea Act, company was given a monopoly to trade tea in America to help assist the failing British East India Company.
  • Boston Tea Party

    Boston Tea Party
    By now, the colonists were ready to rebel. Now that tea was taxed, they came up with quite the idea. A large group of colonists disguised themselves as Indians and dumped crate after crate after crate of tea from a docked ship into the Boston Harbor.
  • Intolerable Acts

    Intolerable Acts
    The Intolerable Acts passed by the British consists of four different acts signed in response to the hurtful Boston Tea Party. They all placed even more restrictions on the colonists, and the Boston Harbor was closed.
  • First Continental Congress

    First Continental Congress
    From September 5 to October 26, 1774, the First Continental Congress was held. 12 of the 13 colonies met in Philadelphia to discuss things. The main result was the creation of The Association calling for a boycott of British goods.
  • Lexington and Concord

    Lexington and Concord
    On this day, British soldiers were ordered to seize stores of colonial gunpowder and capture Samuel Adams and John Hancock. Major conflict arose when they were seen. Eight Americans were shot and killed in Lexington by British troops. At Concord, troops lost about 70 men, and then were forced to retreat.
  • Second Continental Congress

    Second Continental Congress
    This time, all 13 colonies were representing at this meeting in Philadelphia. They still hoped their grievances would be met by King George III. Also, George Washington was named head of the Continental Army.
  • Battle of Bunker Hill

    Battle of Bunker Hill
    Thsi battle at Bunker Hill was the last thing that finally triggered the American Revolution. This was a major VICTORY for the colonists. The main result ended in King George finally proclaimed the colonies in rebellion, and thus the war began!
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    French and Indian War

    The French and the British were both trying to claim similar land area and conflict arose. This sparked a war. The Indians sided with the French. The British won the war, however, they were put into deep debt. They had to demand higher revenue fom the colonies, which the colonists of course did not appreciate.