America before independence

By tylerd
  • First Draft of Declaration of Independence

    First Draft of Declaration of Independence
    This is the "Rough Draft" text of the Declaration as Jefferson probably presented it to Benjamin Franklin and John Adams, for correction, prior to committee.
  • The Proclamation Act

    The Proclamation Act
    The Proclamation Act of 1763 basically stated that we counldn't go to the West.
  • Proclamation Act

    Proclamation Act
    In the fall of 1763, a royal decree was issued that prohibited the North American colonists from establishing or maintaining settlements west of an imaginary line running down the crest of the Appalachian Mountains. The proclamation acknowledged that Native Americans owned the lands on which they were then residing and white settlers in the area were to be removed.
  • The Suger Act

    The Suger Act
    On April 5, 1764, Parliament passed a modified version of the Sugar and Molasses Act (1733), which was about to expire. Under the Molasses Act colonial merchants had been required to pay a tax of six pence per gallon on the importation of foreign molasses.
  • The Currency Act

    The Currency Act
    On September 1, 1764, Parliament passed the Currency Act, effectively assuming control of the colonial currency system. The act prohibited the issue of any new bills and the reissue of existing currency.
  • The Stamp Act

    The Stamp Act
    AN ACT for granting and applying certain stamp duties, and other duties, in the British colonies and plantations in America, towards further defraying the expenses of defending, protecting, and securing the same; and for amending such parts of the several acts of parliament relating to the trade and revenues of the said colonies and plantations, as direct the manner of determining and recovering the penalties and forfeitures therein mentioned.
  • The Declaratory Act

    The Declaratory Act
    AN ACT for the better securing the dependency of his Majesty's dominions in America upon the crown and parliament of Great Britain.
  • THE TOWNSHEND REVENUE ACT

    THE TOWNSHEND REVENUE ACT
    AN ACT for granting certain duties in the British colonies and plantations in America; for allowing a drawback of the duties of customs upon the exportation from this kingdom, of coffee and cocoa nuts of the produce of the said colonies or plantations; for discontinuing the drawbacks payable on china earthen ware exported to America; and for more effectually preventing the clandestine running of goods in the said colonies and plantations
  • The Boston Massacre

    The Boston Massacre
    The Boston Massacre was the killing of five colonists by British regulars on March 5, 1770.
  • The Intolerable Acts

    The Intolerable Acts
    The government spent immense sums of money on troops and equipment in an attempt to subjugate Massachusetts. British merchants had lost huge sums of money on looted, spoiled, and destroyed goods shipped to the colonies. The revenue generated by the Townshend duties, in 1770, amounted to less than £21,000. On March 5, 1770, Parliament repealed the duties, except for the one on tea. That same day, the Boston massacre set a course that would lead the Royal Governor to evacuate the occupying army fr
  • The Tea Act

    The Tea Act
    The Tea Act, passed by Parliament on May 10, 1773, would launch the final spark to the revolutionary movement in Boston. The act was not intended to raise revenue in the American colonies, and in fact imposed no new taxes.
  • The Boston Tea Party

    The Boston Tea Party
    Angry and frustrated at a new tax on tea, American colonists calling themselves the Sons of Liberty and disguised as Mohawk Native Americans boarded three British ships (the Dartmouth, the Eleanor, and the Beaver) and dumped 342 whole crates of British tea into Boston harbor on December 16, 1773.
  • Boston Port Act

    Boston Port Act
    AN ACT to discontinue, in such manner, and for or such time as are therein mentioned, the landing and discharging, lading or shipping, of goods, wares, and merchandise, at the town, and within the harbour, of Boston, in the province of Massachuset's Bay, in North America.
  • Administration of Justice Act

    Administration of Justice Act
    AN ACT for or the impartial administration of justice in the cases of persons questioned for any acts done by them in the execution of the law, or for the suppression of riots and tumults, in the province of the Massachuset's Bay, in New England.
  • Massachusetts Government Act

    Massachusetts Government Act
    An act for the better regulating the government of the province of the Massachuset's Bay, in New England.
  • Quartering Act of 1774

    Quartering Act of 1774
    Established June 2, 1774, the Quartering Act of 1774 was similar in substance to the Quartering Act of 1765.
  • Quebec Act

    Quebec Act
    AN ACT for making effectual Provision for the Government of the Province of Quebec, in North America.