American Independence.

  • French and Indian War.

    The French & Indian War was the beginning of open hostilities between the colonies & Great Britain. It led the communities throughout the colonies to question British authorities. The French & Indian War put Great Britain in debt, causing them to tax colonies without representation.
  • Sugar Act.

    The Sugar Act placed a tax of three pence per gallon on molasses as well as a list of specific goods which could be exported to Britain. The act led to outcries from colonial leaders who claimed "taxation without representation", as they had no members of Parliament to represent their interests.
  • Stamp Act.

    The Stamp Act served as the "last straw" the colonists were willing to put up with from Great Britain and how it controlled the colonies. The Stamp Act required every document and paper to bear a stamp, like postage stamps, which the colonists had to buy. King George III insisted on enforcing the act but this insistence only made the colonists more angry with him to the point where the majority of colonists finally had enough and decided to rebel and cut all ties with Great Britain.
  • Townsend Acts.

    The purpose of the Townshend Acts was to raise revenue in the colonies to pay the salaries of governors and judges. The colonists reacted by boycotting British import,s which eventually led to the Boston Massacre.
  • Boston Massacre.

    British troops were sent to Boston to help officials enforce the Townshend Acts. there was a crowd of colonists that were harassing the soldiers and began to throw snow balls and other small objects at them. A soldier fired a musket into the crowd, immediately followed by more shots. This action left several wounded and five dead. It was an excuse to get people to support the colonists in rebelling against the British.
  • Boston Tea Party.

    After officials in Boston refused to return three shiploads of taxed tea to Britain, a group of colonists boarded the ships and destroyed the tea by throwing it into Boston Harbor. The Tea Party was the result of a resistance movement throughout British America against the Tea Act. Colonists objected to the Tea Act for a variety of reasons, especially because they believed that it violated their right to be taxed only by their own elected representatives.
  • Quartering Act.

    Colonists were required to provide housing for soldiers. Part of a group of laws that came to be known as the Intolerable Acts. The acts were designed to restore imperial control over the American colonies.
  • Forming of the First Continental.

    The First Continental Congress was held because the colonists were very upset about the Intolerable Acts and the taxes. The Intolerable Acts were punishments that King George III put on the colonies. He put them on so the colonists would feel sorry about dumping tea into Boston Harbor during the Boston Tea Party-The First Continental Congress agreed to boycott British goods. They also agreed to meet again if Great Britain did not change its policies.
  • Committee of Correspondents.

    Was formed to mobilize local opposition to the Intolerable Acts. This committee would be tasked with contacting the legislatures of each colony so that they could join Virginia and exchange their opinions of the British.
  • Signing of the Declaration of Independence.

    The declaration of Independence urges people living in the colonies to throw out the tyrannical government in the hands of injustice king, George III-focuses on why it is necessary for every being to call as an independent individual, and the freedom to be judged equally without any racial, religious and cultural discrimination. Brought an end to the British atrocities against Americans.