American Revolution timeline:

  • The Royal Proclamation of 1763.

    The Royal Proclamation of 1763 marked the end of the French and Indian War however in the process denied valuable North American land to the 13 colonies. The British made this proclamation in order to create time and space so they could figure out what to do with the French and Indians remaining in the Ohio Valley. This angered the American Colonists because they felt as though the land was owed to them because they fought and died while fighting in this war.
  • The Stamp Act

    After over a century and a half of permitting relative self-rule, Britain was exercising direct influence over colonial life. The stamp act was the first direct tax on American colonies. The reason for the British taxation was because the 7 years war had been extremely costly to England and they needed help to pay for the defense and maintenance of the colnies. The colonists boycotted British goods and had an intercolonial meeting to resolve the issue.
  • The Townshend Acts.

    This act stated that the American colonists were slowly beggining to lose control over their self governing state. On top of the loss of control the colonists were being taxed with their money being given to the people who were collecting the tax. The british put an import tax on items such as glass, paper, lead, and tea. The colonies reacted by harassing tax collectors and merchants who violated the boycotts. The colonial heads met to discuss their stance and decided to boycott British goods.
  • The Boston Massacre

    The Boston Massacre was when a large group of angry Bostonians attacked the guard at the customs house. When back up was finally called the mob becaume even more angered, throwing rocks and snowballs at the guard and back up. The British decided to fire at the mob without the concent of there captain. Five men were killed. Legislature reconviened and they continued the boycott until taxes were repealed.
  • The Boston Tea Party.

    The British East India Company was granted a trading monopoly to reduce the price of tea in an effort to trick the colonists into paying taxes. The colonists also wondered how long the monopoly would keep the price of tea low. The governor of Massachusets let 3 ships carrying tea into Boston. Radical townspeople stormed the ships and tossed 342 chests of tea into the water.