Road to the Constitution

By erinl
  • Proclamation Act

    Proclamation LineThe Proclamation Act forbid any colonists to create settlements past the Appalachian Mountains. It "calmed the fear" of the Indians who were worried that the colonists would take more of their land, but it took away some of the land that had already been promised to settlers who had been in the military. It "reduced" the cost of protecting the Americans, but the colonists thought it was taking away their natural rights, and they started ignoring it.
  • The Stamp Act

    href='' >Stamp picture from Pulitzer CenterThis was a tax on basically anything that was printed for the colonists. It ranged from $0.01 on a newspaper to $10.00 on a college degree. Even though it was repealed in 1766, it infuriated the colonists because it was a direct tax. It also increased the Crown's control on trade to America.
  • Townshend Act

    Townshend Tarring PictureThis act created new taxes on tea, paper, glass, and paint. These taxes were used to pay salaries of the governors and judges in England, and it taxed the colonists without their permission. After it was created, the Daughters of Liberty formed to create cloth and other such items that were needed in America. This act also caused the Boston Massacre (technically).
  • The Boston Massacre

    Boston Massacre shootingThe Boston Massacre was the first deadly conflict between the British troops and the Colonists. When the colonists started throwing rocks at the troops, someone started shooting, and after all was done, 5 colonists were dead. This convinced many Amercians that Britain was ready to use military force in order for America to behave. This was also the first time the colonists stood up to the British troops.
  • Intolerable Acts

    Parliament pictureThe Intolerable Acts were a series of so-called "Punitive Acts" that wanted to bring the power of controlling America back to the king. The Acts basically closed down Boston Harbor, which put most people living in Boston out of a job. This was Britain's way of fighting back, but they spent huge sums of money to close it down. The acts also weakened the court system of the colonists.