Road to Revolution

  • Sugar Act

    Sugar Act
    The sugar act was tax being put on to sugar and molasses. It was also an Indirect tax, which means it was out of sight. This caused people to not know how much they're being taxed.
  • Stamp Act

    Stamp Act
    The stamp act was tax put on all paper products, such as, Official stamp/ seal on all paper items, legal documents, licenses, newspapers, playing cards and pamphlets. If people didn't purchase they would be fined or jailed. Colonists protested against the act. They felt their rights were violated.
  • Declaratory Act

    Declaratory Act
    The parliament declares it has the power to make laws in all cases whatsoever. To save face, the parliament passes this act.
  • Townshend Act

    Townshend Act
    The Townshend act was tax on glass, lead, paints, tea and paper. Sons of Liberty started to do violent acts. British soldiers arrive to protect tax collectors
  • Colonists vs British troops

    Colonists vs British troops
    Soldier strikes a colonist
    crowd gathers and hassles soldier, throwing snowballs and shouting insults
    More troops arrive, colonists get more angry
  • Tea Act

    Tea Act
    The tea act was not a tax. It allowed the British East India company to sell tea directly to colonists. Tax tea was cheaper than smuggled tea. There was less smuggling but more tax money.
  • Boston Tea Party

    Boston Tea Party
    Members of the Sons of Liberty dump over 340 chests of tea into the Boston Harbor
    This caused problems for loyalists/ Tories
  • Intolerable Acts

    Intolerable Acts
    The intolerable acts were passed to punish Boston for the "tea party". The harbor was closed until all the tea was paid for. The Massachusetts charter was canceled and royal officials had a trial in Britain.
  • Quartering Acts

    Quartering Acts
    The Quartering act required colonists to house soldiers. Meaning that if a soldier came at the door, you had to sleep on the floor instead of your own bed. Large amounts of land was given to Quebec. There was a new governor, his name was General Thomas Gage.
  • First Continental Congress

    First Continental Congress
    The first continental congress was a meeting with 12 of the 13 colonies that came together to deal with the intolerable acts. Georgia was the only colony that didn't send a representative to the congress. They first agreed to boycott British goods if parliament wouldn't repeal the intolerable acts.
  • 1,000's of redcoats in Boston

    1,000's of redcoats in Boston
    General Gage brings thousands of British soldiers to Boston with more on the way
  • Midnight ride of Paul Revere

    Midnight ride of Paul Revere
    Paul revere rides to warn Sons of Liberty in Lexington and concord that the British are coming.
  • Battles of Lexington and Concord

    Battles of Lexington and Concord
    Battle of Lexington
    - 1st battle of american revolutionary war
    - "shot heard round the world"
    - British victory
    Battle of Concord
    - Americas stop British and force the to retreat back to Boston
    -American vicory
  • Second continental congress meet

    Second continental congress meet
    Printed money
    Set up post office
    Created continental army led by George Washington
    Sent olive Branch asking King to protect their rights.
    - king hires 30,000 hessians soldiers in response
  • Capture Of Fort Ticonderoga

    Capture Of Fort Ticonderoga
    Benedict Arnold and Ethan Allen capture the fort
    They get all supplies in the fort including cannons
    American victory
  • Battle of Bunker hill

    Battle of Bunker hill
    there was a fight on Breed's Hill
    William Prescott says "dont fire until you see the whites of their eyes."
    It was a BRITISH Victory, British learned that defeating Americans would not be easy
  • Washington arrives on outskirts of Boston with continental troops

    Washington arrives on outskirts of Boston with continental troops
    Realizes men are disorganized and need discipline
    They needed weapons
  • Common Sense published by Thomas Paine

    Common Sense published by Thomas Paine
    pamphlet inspires more colonists to become patriots
    "Everything that is right or reasonable pleads for seperation. The blood of the slain, the weeping voice of nature cries, 'Tis time to part" - Thomas Paine, common sense
  • British surrender Boston

    British surrender Boston
    Washington believes his army is ready and weapons arrive
    Washington outs cannons on dorchester heights overlooking boston
    BRITISH retreat - AMERICAN victory
  • Second Continental congress meet again

    Second Continental congress meet again
    Debate on declaring independence
    Thomas Jefferson is the primary author of the document
  • second continental congress votes for independence

    second continental congress votes for independence
    All 13 colonies vote YES on declaring independence
  • The declaration of independence signed

    The declaration of independence signed
    Thomas Jefferson signed the declaration of independence