Lesson 8.1 Timeline

  • The Sugar Act is Passed

    This act put a tax on sugar, molasses, textiles, coffee, indigo and wine. The tax was put on the colonists so that Parliament could pay back the debts from the French and Indian War and also help pay on the costs of running the colonies. Colonists paid the tax to their own local township.
  • The Stamp Act is Passed

    This act put a tax on any kind of paper product from newspapers to licenses to legal documents etc. This act was also the first tax paid directly from each colonist to England instead of just paying the tax to their local township. England said that any money which came from this tax was to be used on the costs which it took to run a British military organization in the colonies.
  • The Quartering Act is Passed

    This act made it so that any British troop could come and stay in any house or development if they had no other place to stay.
  • The Boston Massacre Occurs

    In the middle of Boston on King St. (Now State St.) a group of British soldiers were harassed by a mob of people. The British soldiers then fired their guns into a large group of people and killed three while injuring at least eight others.
  • The Boston Tea Party Occurs

    A group of men disguised as Mohawk Indians went to Boston Harbor went onto three different ships and dumped over 45 tons of tea into the Harbor. These men were known as the “Sons of Liberty”.
  • The Boston Port Act is Passed

    This act closed down the Boston Harbor port until the full amount of money from the lost tea was paid off. This act also moved the capital of Massachusetts to Salem and also changed the place where imported goods can enter Massachusetts colony to Marblehead.
  • The Massachusetts Regulating Act is Passed

    This act declared that there were to be no more town meetings unless the royal governor agreed to them and that any officer was to be aware that the royal governor could call them to his service at any time.
  • The Impartrial Administration of Justice Act is Passed

    This act said that any royal governor of a colony could move a trial to another colony or England if they were in fear that the jury of the trial would not pursue the case fairly.
  • The Quebec Act is Passed

    This act gave Quebec citizens their own civil government as well as religious freedom to the Catholics living here.
  • The Signing of the Treaty of Paris

    By signing this document the independence of the United States was finally recognized and Americans were granted the territory between the Appalachian Mountains and the Mississippi River.