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Events Leading to the Revolutionary War

  • Beginning of the French and Indian War

    Beginning of the French and Indian War
    Introduction to the Revolutionary War Introduction Part 2 The war began with a dispute over the confluence of the Allegheny and Monongahela rivers.The dispute erupted into violence in the Battle of Jumonville Glen in May 1754.
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    The French and Indian War

    The French and Indian War was fought between Great Britain and its two enemies, the French and the Indians of North America. Most of the battles were in Canada. American colonists fought with the British in this war. Among them was George Washington. This war lasted from 1754 to 1763. The British won the war. They also won the right to keep Canada and several other possessions in the New World.
  • End of the French and Indian War: The Treaty of Paris

    End of the French and Indian War: The Treaty of Paris
    The French and Indian WarThe Treaty of Paris or the Treaty of 1763, was signed on February 10, 1763. The signees were the kingdoms of Great Britain, France and Spain, with Portugal in agreement. It ended the Seven Years' War, known as the French and Indian War in North America.
  • The Sugar Act

    The Sugar Act
    The Sugar Act DescriptionThe 1764 Sugar Act put a three-cent tax on foreign refined sugar and increased taxes on coffee, indigo, and certain kinds of wine. It banned imports, such as rum and French wines. These taxes affected only a certain part of the population, but the affected merchants were very vocal. Besides, the taxes were raised without the consent of the colonists. This was one of the first instances in which colonists wanted a say in how much they were taxed.
  • The Stamp Act

    The Stamp Act
    The Stamp Act First direct British tax on American colonists. Every newspaper, pamphlet, and other public and legal document had to have a Stamp, or British seal, on it. The Stamp, of course, cost money. The colonists didn't think they should have to pay for something they had been doing for free for many years. They responded in force, with demonstrations and even developed a group called the Stamp Act Congress, which delivered its answer to the Crown.
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    The Stamp Act

    The Stamp Act was Parliament's first serious attempt to assert governmental authority over the colonies.
  • Stamp Act Repealed/Creation of Declaratory Act

    Stamp Act Repealed/Creation of Declaratory Act
    The Stamp Act and Declaratory ActSeeing the hostile reaction in the colonies, the British government repealed the Stamp Act in March 1766 but at the same time passed the Declaratory Act, which said that Great Britain was superior (and boss of) the American colonies "in all cases whatsoever." The Stamp Act gave the colonists a target for their rage. Indeed, the Sons of Liberty was formed in response to this Act. The Stamp Act Congress also gave the colonists a model for the Continental Congress.
  • Townshend Acts

    Townshend Acts
    The Townshend Acts These laws were named for Charles Townshend. These laws placed new taxes on glass, lead, paints, paper, and tea. Colonial reaction to these taxes was the same as to the Sugar Act and Stamp Act, and Britain eventually repealed all the taxes except the one on tea. In response to the sometimes violent protests by the American colonists, Great Britain sent more troops to the colonies to be housed by colonists.
  • Boston Massacre

    Boston Massacre
    The Boston Massacre PhotostoryThe Boston Massacre was the shooting of five American colonists by British troops on March 5, 1770. One person, an African-American man named Crispus Attacks, was killed. Nearly every part of the story is disputed by both sides. Did the colonists have weapons? The British say rocks and other such weapons were hurled at them. But the British had guns, and they did open fire. The Boston Massacre deepened American distrust of the British military presence in the colonies.
  • Boston Tea Party

    Boston Tea Party
    Liberty Kids: Boston Tea Party Part 1Part 2
    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 and dumped 342 whole crates of British tea into Boston harbor on December 16, 1773. Other colonies followed the Sons of Liberty and tea was eventually boycotted throughout the colonies.
  • The First Continental Congress was formed.

    The First Continental Congress was formed.
    Photostory of The First Continental CongressTwo groups of people from all over the 13 Colonies who came together to discuss liberty. The First Continental Congress was a group of 56 delegates from 12 colonies (all except Georgia) who met in Philadelphia in September of 1774. They came together to act together in response to the Intolerable Acts. They met in secret because they didn't want Great Britain to know that they were united.
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    The First Continental Congress

    The First Contentenal Congress was formed through this time span.
  • The Revolutionary War begins

    The Revolutionary War begins
    School House Rock: The Shot Heard Around the WorldThe opening shot of the American Revolution were fired in the center of Lexington Massachusetts on the morning of April 19, 1775.. This was known as the "shot heard around the world. One British soldier was wounded, while eight men of Lexington fell dead in this first battle. This tragic exchange of gunfire would trigger the American Revolution, a war that would last for eight long years and would result in the birth of the United States of America.