Road to the Revolution (1754-1777)

  • Proclamation Line

    Proclamation Line
    After the Frenchand Indian war the former French territory in North America belongs to Great Britain. When the colonists start moving west they arrive in Native land. The British Empire tries to maintain peace with the Natives, but with the colonists settleing in the Native lands, the fighting tension with the Natives increases. King George creates the Proclamation Line on the Appalachian Mountains. The colonists are not allowed to go further west than the Proclamation Line.
  • Sugar Act

    Sugar Act
    Britain raises taxes to pay war debt. To decrease smuggling the Parliament of Great Britain passes the Sugar Act. Tax on sugar is included in the price, therefor not visible. Sugar is a very important good. The colonists feel even more exploited.
  • Stamp Act

    Stamp Act
    The Stamp Act is a direct tax on all printed goods in the colonies. The colonists have to pay extra for a stamp which represents the tax. The tax was visible and a symbol of abuse for every colonist. Boycotts, like the Non-Importation Agreement are the consequences. The colonists refuse to purchase or sell British goods in markets and stores.
  • Declaratory Act

    Declaratory Act
    Because of the colonists boycotts, the Declaratory Act becomes effective. It says that Americans have to follow British law. This Act provokes the colonists who already feel abused and exploited.
  • Boston Massacre

    Boston Massacre
    Noone knows exactly, who started the Boston Massacre in which five people lost their lives. Both colonists and Birtish soldiers attacked each other. Pictures painted by colonists only showed Soldiers shooting at civilians. The result of these paintings were many angry colonists all over north America.
  • Tea Act

    Tea Act
    When the Bitish repeal the Townshend Act (1770) they keep the tax on tea. The British ship tea from the East India Company directly to the colonies and sell them there. This saves the East India Company from bankruptcy and brings tax to the British. The Tea Act launches the final spark to the revolutionary movement.
  • Boston Tea Party

    Boston Tea Party
    The angry colonists board a British boat and throw a shipload of taxed tea in the Boston Harbor. The Boston Tea party is a key event in the pre-revolutionary time. The British establish the Intolerable Acts to punish the colonists in Boston and scare off the other colonists.