10 Events Leading to American Revolution

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    French & Indian War

    What started as a land dispute between the colonists and Indians over the land west of the Appalachian Mountains escalated to a full war between the French and the Indians and the colonists and British. The colonists and British eventually won the war, signified by the signing of the Treaty of Paris.
  • Proclamation of 1763

    Proclamation of 1763
    Proclamation from King George III that told the colonists they could NOT settle in any land west of the Appalachian Mountains, and any settlers already there needed to return home. This was done to avoid further conflict between the Indians and colonists.
  • The Stamp Act

    The Stamp Act
    An act that said the colonists had to buy a stamp for every paper good they bought. This was Britain's way of trying to pay for the war debt they inccured from helping the colonists win the French and Indian War.
  • Quartering Act

    Quartering Act
    An act that forced colonists to provide housing, food and clothing for British troops.
  • Townshend Act

    Townshend Act
    An act created by Charles Townshend that placed a tax on tea, glass, paper, paint and lead.
  • Boston Massacre

    Boston Massacre
    A fight between colonists and British troops that resulted in British troops opening fire and killing 5 colonists in Boston.
  • Tea Act

    Tea Act
    After the Boston Massacre, Britian repealed the Townshend Act, but kept the tax on tea, calling the new act the Tea Act. It also created a monopoly for the British East India Company, since they were the only company allowed to distribute and sell tea to the colonies.
  • Boston Tea Party

    Boston Tea Party
    In protest to the Tea Act, 50 colonists dressed up at Mohawk Indians, boarded British tea ships and threw 90,000 pounds of tea over board and into the Boston Harbor.
  • Intolerable Acts

    Intolerable Acts
    Britain's repsonse to the Boston Tea Party. It shut down Boston Harbor until the colonists paid for the dumped tea, cancelled Massachusett's charter, sent the British troops tried for the Boston Massacre back to Britain for a new trial, forced colonists to quarter British troops and named General Thomas Gage the govenor of Massachusetts
  • Battles at Lexington and Concord

    Battles at Lexington and Concord
    General Gage found out that the colonists were hiding weapons and gunpowder in Concord and organized a surprise attack to get the weapons back. However, the plan was leaked and Paul Revere and Williams Dawes spread the word to the colonists. Militias came together at Lexington and Concord and once both battles were done, the British knew the colonists were ready to fight for their rights.