Major Causes of the American Revolution

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  • Proclamation of 1763

    Proclamation of 1763
    King George the third of Great Britain declared that the Appalacachians Mountains were the temporary western boundary for all the colonies . Governors were forbidden to grant land west of the Appalachians to settlers without the kings permission, This was important because the colonist owned shares in land companies such as the Ohio or Viginia company.
  • Sugar Act

    Sugar Act
    In 1764 Parliament passed the Sugar Act to stop smuggling between the colonies and the French West Indies. The act lowered the tax on molasses imported by the colonist. This was important because the British could then collect the taxes on molasses and increase their revenues.
  • George Greenville

    George Greenville
    George Greenvilles best known policy is the Stamp Act, an exclusive tax on the colonies in America, which provoked widespread opposition in Britain's American colonies and was later repealed. Grenville had increasingly strained relations with his colleagues and the King and in 1765 he was dismissed by George III and replaced by Lord Rockingham. For the last five years of his life Grenville led a group of his supporters in opposition and staged a public reconciliation with Pitt.
  • Quartering Act

    Quartering Act
    Required any and all American Colonists to quarter(house and feed). British troops stationed in America. The American Reaction caused lots of tension between colonists and soilders. Also some soilders even completed jobs with the colonists in their off duty time.
  • Stamp Act

    Stamp Act
    This act required colonists to pay for an offical stamp, or seal when they bought paper items. They could be fined or sent to jail if they don't pay. In 1766, parliment repaled the Stamp Act because the colonists thought it was unfair.
  • Townshend Acts

    Townshend Acts
    Parliment placed duties on glass, lead, paper, paints and tea to collect taxes. The British officals used writs of assistance to search for smuggled goods. This angered the colonists. They attacked the house of customs officals in protest. This led to the break up of the massachusetts legisture.
  • Boston Massacre

    Boston Massacre
    On March 5, 1770, A British soldier got in an argument with a colonist. The soldier struck the colonist, and a crowd soon gathered and threw snowballs and shouted insults at the British soldier. Then more soldiers came, and the colonists grew louder, telling the soldiers to shoot if they dare. Suddenly, one of the soldiers fired, instantly killing three men. The story soon spread, and this event is now known as the Boston Massacre.
  • Tea Act

    Tea Act
    Parliament Repealed most of the Townshend Acts, but kept the tax on tea. This caused people to start smuggling tea, so parliament lowered the taxes on British East Indian Tea Co. tea, hoping it would encourage them to stop smuggling. Then, in 1773, parliament passesd the Tea Act, which allowed the British East Indian Tea Co. to sell directly to the colonists. Merchants thought it would quickly put them out of buisness, so they acted against it, puring 340 crates of tea into Boston Harbor on Dece
  • Tea act (pt 2)

    Tea act (pt 2)
    December 16, 1773. this quickly became known as the Boston Tea Party
  • Corecive Act

    Corecive Act
    The corecive act resticted colony closed boston harbor and there was no self government. The Americans reacted with a colony-wide boy cott of British goods. Colonists called these laws the Intolerable Acts.
  • Gen. Gage orders arrest of Sam Adams and John Hancock

    Gen. Gage orders arrest of Sam Adams and John Hancock
    John Hancock was a public critic of British rule. On March 5, 1774, the fourth anniversary of the Boston Massacre, he gave a speech of his strong dissaproval of the British. Later, under Hancock, Massachusetts was able to raise bands of minutemen, who weresoldiers who pledged to be ready for battle in a minutes notice. Later, John and Sam slipped away from Boston to escape capture, and then Gen. Gage ordered their arrest for treason.