Key Events Leading To American Independence

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  • Stamp Act Congress

    Stamp Act Congress
    a meeting of 9 colonies wrote a Declaration of Rights and Grievances; it declared that freeborn Englishmen could not be taxed without their consent, and, since the colonists were not represented in Parliament, any tax imposed on them without the consent of their colonial legislatures was unconstitutional.
  • Townshend Acts

    Townshend Acts
    Passed by Great Britain's Parliament to levy taxes on the colonies in order to pay for government officials
  • The Boston Massacre

    The Boston Massacre
    an incident that led to the deaths of five civilians at the hands of British troops on March 5, 1770, the legal aftermath of which helped spark the rebellion in some of the British American colonies, which culminated in the American Revolution
  • Boston Tea Party

    Boston Tea Party
    Colonists dressed up as Indians and dumped all of the tea off of a British trade ship in Boston to protest the taxes that were raised on them
  • First Continental Congress

    First Continental Congress
    a convention of delegates from twelve of the thirteen North American colonies that met in response to the passage of the Intolerable Acts by the British Parliament.
  • Second Continental Congress

    Second Continental Congress
    managed the colonial war effort, and moved slowly towards independence, adopting the United States Declaration of Independence on July 4th, 1776. the Congress acted as the national government
  • Declaration Of Independence

    Declaration Of Independence
    announced that the thirteen American colonies then at war with Great Britain were now independent states, and no longer a part of the British Empire.
  • Articles of Confederation Passed

    Articles of Confederation Passed
    The United States' first form of government. Weak central Government. No power to levy taxes
  • Treaty Of Paris Signed

    Treaty Of Paris Signed
    Treaty that formally ended the American Revolution