The Beginning of America

  • Start of French and Indian War

    Start of French and Indian War
    French and Indian War
    Important because England won the battle for colonial domination in North America. Frustration with the English would eventually lead to the American Revolution.
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    Beginning of America

  • Proclamation of 1763

    Proclamation of 1763
    Proclamation of 1763 Important to the beginning of the United States becausee the proclamation, in effect, closed off the frontier to colonial expansion. The King and his council presented the proclamation as a measure to calm the fears of the Indians, who felt that the colonists would drive them from their lands as they expanded westward.
  • Stamp Act

    Stamp Act
    Stamp Act The Stamp Act was created to help Britain pay for their massive debt incurred from the Seven Years' War. This was important because it was Britain's first serious attempt to assert governmental authority over the colonies.
  • Quartering Act

    Quartering Act
    Quartering Act This act was important because it forced colonists to house militia. It caused great resentment on the part of the colonists, as food and space were hard to come by.
  • Townshend Revenue Act

    Townshend Revenue Act
    Townshend Revenue Act This was important becuase it furthered colonial hostilities by taxing glass, paint, oil, paper, and tea. The reaction to taxation without representation finally reached revolutionary proportions in Boston.
  • Boston Massacre

    Boston Massacre
    Boston Massacre A street fight between a patriot mob and British soldiers. Several colonists were killed. A town meeting was called demanding the removal of the British and a trial. The British were aquitted and released. This Massacre was a signal event leading to the Revolutionary War
  • Tea Act

    Tea Act Designed to prop up the British East India Company, which was floundering financially and burdened with 18 million pounds of unsold tea. The tea was shipped directly to the colonies and sold at a discounted price. Many believed that it was an act to gain support for the unpopular Townshend Acts. This sale would have also undercut local merchants.
  • Boston Tea Party

    Boston Tea Party Governor Thomas Hutchinson allowed three ships carrying tea to enter Boston Harbor. Before the tax could be collected, the Bostonians took action. One night, radical townspeople stormed the ships and tossed 342 chests of tea into the water.
  • Intolerable Acts

    Intolerable Acts These acts were passed as retaliation for the Boston Tea Party; they were aimed to bring the colonies back under submission to the king. The first act was passed on March 31, 1774 and the last one was passed June 22, 1774. They included: Boston Port Act, Administration of Justice Act, Massachusettes Government Act, Quartering Act of 1774, and the Quebec Act.
  • First Continental Congress

    First Continental Congress
    First Continental Congress The first Continental Congress met in Philadelphia from September 5, 1774 until October 26, 1774. It was important because they agreed to to make Parliament and the King understand their grievances. The congress agreed to meet again the following year if their grievances were not attended by England.
  • Second Continental Congress

    Second Continental Congress
    Second Continental Congress Addressed the problem of how colonists would meet British military threat. It was agreed the Continental Army would be created. The congress appointed George Washington as Commander-In-Chief. Still, most colonists were not seeking independence from Britain. As the king ignored their pleas for peace, the colonies were announced to be in a state of rebellion by August. They drafted the Declaration of Independence.
  • Articles of Confederation

  • U.S. Constitution Signed