Top Ten Events of American Independence

  • The Sugar Act

    The Sugar Act
    The sugar act was when parliament put a three cent tax on foreign refined sugar, the colonist revolted because they did not want to pay the tax. This was important because this was the first time the colonist openly revolted against the British.
  • Stamp Act

    Stamp Act
    This was the first direct tax on the colonist by the British government. Almost all documents in America had to have a stamp from Britian on them and parliament put a tax on it, and the colonist refused to pay it. This was an act by the British to try and get out of debt but the colonist refused to pay it so it was repealed
  • Townsend Acts

    Townsend Acts
    These were a set of taxes on glass, lead, piants, paper, ans tea. The Colonist revolted and all the taxes were repealed except the one on tea. This was another direct tax by the British so the colonist refused to pay these taxes also.
  • Boston Massacre

    Boston Massacre
    When colonial soldiers shot five colonist and killed one, both sides have different stories on who open fire first. This was the first time that peopel in the colonies excepted the fact the Britain was evil.
  • Boston Tea Party

    Boston Tea Party
    On a cold December night a group of sixty men dressed as Indians boarded three East India Trading Company ships filled with tea. The tea had a tax that the citizens refused to pay and they decided to throw all the tea overboard. This was the colonist way of sticking it to the man, because they refused to give in to the British.
  • The First Continental Congress

    The First Continental Congress
    This was a meeting of 56 delegates from all the colonies except Georgia, they created a colonial army and named George Washington commander-in-chief. This showed that the colonist could become organized and could run a revolution with out problems.
  • Intolerable Acts

    Intolerable Acts
    This was a group of five laws that Parliament passed to try an uphold the revolting Colonist, however it only strengthened the hate the colonist had for the British. This was basically the straw that broke the camels back because after years of taxing Parliament finally decided to try and control the colonies.
  • Paul Revere's Midnight Ride

    Paul Revere's Midnight Ride
    Paul Revere road from Boston to Concord to warn people that the British were coming . When he was just miles away he got captured by the British however when they heard shots they let him go so they could investigate. This was proof that no matter how dark and low we got there is always hope in Revolution.
  • Shot Heard Around the World

    Shot Heard Around the World
    This was the first shot by an American soldier that set off the Revolutionary War and showed England that we had enough.
  • Signing of The Declaration Of Independence

    Signing of The Declaration Of Independence
    On this day the 56 members of the Continental Congress signed the Declaration of Independence telling Enlgand that we can and will stand on our own and that we have to right and the means to secede an so thats what we decided to do. This was the event that made America a house hold name for the British cause after this signing they were at war.