Pre-Constitution Timeline

  • Proclamation of 1763

    Proclamation of 1763
    The Proclamation of 1763 was a law that stated that the colonists couldn't settle on Native American territory. Britain put this law in place to try and prevent tensions between colonists and Native Americans. They put it in place right after the British fought the French and Indian war. Basically the king drew a line and said, "you can't settle from here on." The colonists thought this was violating their right to property.
  • Declaratory Act

    Declaratory Act
    The Declaratory Act declared that Great Britain had full power and authority over the Americas. It was just a reminder that made the colonitsts mad because they already knew that Britain had full power over them. Who wants to keep being reminded they have no control? Britain did this to make the colonists mad. The colonists though that this was violating their right to liberty.
  • Tea Act

    Tea Act
    Britain passed another act called the Tea Act. The Tea Act put more tax on tea but, it made tea cheaper. Why would colonists be upset about this? Well, colonists didn't want to be controlled and Britain taxing tea, was like a slap in the face saying, "we have total power over you." This act lead to the Boston Tea Party. The colonists thought this was violating their right to liberty.
  • Boston Tea Party

    Boston Tea Party
    The Boston Tea Party was the dumpage of 45 tons of tea into the boston harbor. That is about three million dollars. This means they put Great Britain back three million dollars more, plus they were already in debt because of the war they just fought. When the colonists did this it made Britain even more mad. The colonists were pretty much saying, "mess with us, we mess with you." This lead to the closure of the Boston Harbor.
  • Intolerable Acts

    Intolerable Acts
    There were five Intolerable Acts. One of them was the Boston Port Act. This act closed the Boston Harbor. This was huge because this closed of trade and shut down a lot of jobs. People stopped making money and everything started going down hill. The colonists flipped out. Great Britain pretty much said when you give us three million dollars we will open up the harbor again. This violated the colonists right to life, liberty, and property in a way.