Top 10 Events Leading to Declaration of Independence

  • French and Indian War ends

    A fight between Britain and France which ended in 1763. This made Britain go into debt and start taxing on colonists.
  • Sugar Act

    The Sugar Act increased duties on foreign sugar imported from the West Indies.
  • Currency Act

    A Currency Act was also passed that year banning the colonies from issuing paper bills or bills of credit because of the belief that the colonial currency had devalued the British money.
  • Quartering Act

    This ordered colonists to house and feed British soldiers if there was not enough room for them in the barracks.
  • Stamp Act

    This required stamps to be purchased or included on many different items and documents such as playing cards, legal papers, newspapers, and more.
  • Townshend Act

    These taxes were created to help colonial officials become independent of the colonists by providing them with a source of income.
  • Boston Massacre

    British Troops killed 5 colonists in a rioting crowd.
  • Tea Act

    Gave the British East India Company a monopoly to trade tea in America.
  • Boston Tea Party

    A group of colonists dressed as Indians dumped tea from three ships into Boston Harbor.
  • Intolerable Acts

    These placed numerous restrictions on the colonists including the closing of Boston Harbor.
  • The declaration of Independence

    The document that assured the separation of the Thirteen Colonies from Great Britain