Key Events Leading to American Independence

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  • Stamp Act Congress

    Stamp Act Congress
    A meeting consisting of delagates from 9 of the 13 colonies that discussed and acted upon the Stamp Act.
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  • Townshend Acts

    Townshend Acts
    A series of acts whose purpose was to raise revenues in the colonies to pay the salaries of governors and judges
  • Boston Massacre

    Boston Massacre
    5 civilians were killed by British Troops
  • Boston Tea Party

    Boston Tea Party
    After officials in Boston refused to return 3 shiploads of taxed tea to Britain, a group of colonists boarded the ships and destroyed the tea by throwing it into the Boston Harbor
  • First Continental Congress

    First Continental Congress
    Was a convention of delegates from 12 of the 13 colonies at Carpenters Hall in Philadelphia in a response to the passage of the Coercive Acts
  • Second Continental Congress

    Second Continental Congress
    was a convention of delegates from the 13 colonies soon after warfare in the warfare in the American Revolutionary War had begun. It managed the colonial war effort, and moved slowly towards independence.
  • Declaration of Independence

    Declaration of Independence
    a statement adopted by the Second Continental Congress on July 4, 1776, which announced that the thirteen American colonies then at war with Great Britain were now independent states, and thus no longer a part of the British Empire
  • Ratification articles of confederation

    Ratification articles of confederation
    The ratification process was completed in March 1781, legally federating the sovereign and independent states. Under the Articles the states retained sovereignty over all governmental functions not specifically relinquished to the central government.
  • Treaty of Paris

    Treaty of Paris
    ratified by the Congress of the Confederation on January 14, 1784 and by the King of Great Britain on April 9, 1784, formally ended the American Revolutionary War