events leading up to the declaration of independence

  • French and Indian War

    War fought between Great Britain and the French and the Indians of North America. British won, giving them control of the majority of North American territories. this is important because Britain gained a lot of territory from it.
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    events leading up to the declaration of independence

  • sugar act

    Tax on sugar and other merchandise. This was one of first instances in which colonists wanted a say in how much they were taxed. this is important because it made the colonist want to revolt.
  • stamp act

    first tax on the colonists by the british. served as a promotion fro democracy and the continental congress. this is important because if it wasnt for this we might still be under control of england. because of this act we revolted.
  • Patrick Henry's Speech

    Patrick Henry was the first governer of virgiana and spoke out against the Stamp Act. He was a major supporter of the creation of the Bill of Rights. his speech was important because it motivated the colonists to revolt.
  • Townshend Acts

    Laws that passed more taxes on the colonies which were eventually repealed. Resulted in Britain sending more troops. this is important because it was a major tax put on glass, paint, oil, lead and even paper!
  • Boston Massacre

    Shooting of five American colonists by British troops on March 5, 1770. Increased American distrust of the British. this is important because it increased public mistrust in britain.
  • Boston Tea Party

    Tea was dumped off of ships by colonists. Tea was soon boycotted throughout the colonies,this is important because it showed the british that they were done paying taxes on tea. they soon after became independent.
  • The First Continental Congress

    Two groups of colonists from all over the 13 Colonies who came together to discuss liberty. Because of this, George Washington was appointed Commander-In-Cheif and the Continental Army was created.this is important because it was the first concerted effort of American colonies to unite under a common cause towards secession from the British.
  • George Washington named commander-in-chief

    George Washington named commander-in-chief of continental army. Served two terms as president and led American Forces to victory.this is important because he used the element of surprise to win American victories.