Events Preceding the American Revolution

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  • Proclamation of 1763

    Proclamation of 1763
    An imaginary line drawn by Britain to prevent colonization west of the appalachian mts. It was made to prevent conflict with Indians, and it was disobeyed by the colonists.
  • Quartering Act

    Quartering Act
    This was passed recently after the French and Indian War. They passed this act to allow British soldiers to stay and sleep in American houses and Barracks without being met with question. This met much resistance because the colonists did not like being forced into this.
  • Currency Act

    Currency Act
    This was an extension of the 1751 Currency Act that extended to all the colonies. This basically disallowed the colonies from making any future currency legal in the colonies, and forced them to use British money.
  • Sugar Act

    Sugar Act
    This was a reduced Act of the Molasses Act of 1733, but nonetheless it forced colonists to question the intent of Parliament, and it increased animosity between the colonists and Britain.
  • Committee of Correspondence

    Committee of Correspondence
    A group of patriot leaders, much like the Sons of Liberty, they were very important in reacting to laws passed by Britain, and organizing the American Revolution.
  • Stamp Act

    Stamp Act
    A British emposed act, it forced the colonists to stamp all legal documents. This was an effort to create revenue to help pay for the military after the French and Indian War.
  • Declatory Act

    Declatory Act
    The Declatory Act was basically an assurance of British dominion over the colonies, and it enforced its ability to make any law they wanted.
  • Virginia Resolves

    Virginia Resolves
    This is when a group of Virginian representatives grouped together to oppose British taxation on the grounds that they did not have any fair representation. Patrick Henry was a big advocate of this change.
  • Foundation of the Stamp Act Congress

    Foundation of the Stamp Act Congress
    A group of representatives from 9 of the 13 colonies, they met to discuss acts such as the Stamp Act, this met much uproar in Parliament.
  • Sons of Liberty

    Sons of Liberty
    A way for patriotic colonists to join together to resist the tyrannical motions of the British Parliament and King. They are well known for the Boston Tea Party.
  • Townshend Acts

    Townshend Acts
    A series of acts of taxation without representation that was issued by the British against the American colonists. This outraged many colonists, and became a stepping stone to the revolution.
  • Massachusetts Circular Letter

    Massachusetts Circular Letter
    This was a response by the Massachusetts Congress to the Townshend Act, this increased tensions between them and Parliament. This also led to the occupation of Boston by British Soldiers.
  • Non Importation Agreement

    Non Importation Agreement
    One of the largest successes accomplished by the American colonies. It did not accept British imports, and this hurt the British economy so bad that it had to repeal acts such as the Stamp Act.
  • Boston Massacre

    Boston Massacre
    In retaliation to colonial riots; British soldiers fired upon an unarmed crowd, triggering anti-British sentiment colony-wide.
  • Gaspee Affair

    Gaspee Affair
    After a taxing ship, who was chasing a rowboat of colonist ran aground, Americans boarded, looted, and set the British ship ablaze.
  • Tea Act

    Tea Act
    An upesetting act to the colonist, it allowed the British to sell excess tea at reduced prices. This went against the Townshend Acts, and lead to the Boston Tea Party.
  • Boston Tea Party

    Boston Tea Party
    Colonist revolt against the British and the East India Company by dressing up as Natives and dumping the tea out of British ships. This is one of the first acts of open rebellion.
  • Coercive Acts

    Coercive Acts
    These were the last straw for the colonists. They became known as the intolerable acts. The British issued this order in retaliation to the Boston Tea Party, many historians say this is the last direct cause of the American Revolution.
  • Boston Port Act

    Boston Port Act
    This was British retaliation to the Boston Tea Party, and it closed all ships to Boston Harbor, allowing none in to trade. This is also referred to as the Intolerable Acts.
  • Quebec Acts

    Quebec Acts
    This changed the landscape of Quebec, and spread it's territory to include lands such as Ohio. It also enforced British law and outlawed persecution of Catholics.
  • Founding of the 1st Continental Congress

    Founding of the 1st Continental Congress
    A Meeting in which 12 of the 13 original colonies met to discuss issues such as the Intolerable Acts. All but Georgia attended, because it was considered a convict colony.
  • Suffolk Resolves

    Suffolk Resolves
    A way that Suffolk County opposed British rule, acts such as the Massachusetts Government Act. They resisted this act by closing courts.
  • Massachusetts Provincial Congress

    Massachusetts Provincial Congress
    With John Hancock as its president this organization presided over assuming all powers to rule the province, collect taxes, buy supplies, and raise a militia, in order to protect itself.
  • Lexington and Concord

    Lexington and Concord
    The first actual organized conflict between the armies of Great Britain and the Thirteen Colonies.