Pre. Amer. Rev.

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    Pre. Amer. Rev.

  • The French & Indian War

    j[ ](www. war began in 1754 & ended in 1763. England and America fought against the French and the Indians. England and America won the war. The war officially ended February 10,1763 with the Treaty of Paris.
  • The Sugar Act

    A 3 cent tax was placed on sugar, coffee, indigo, and certain kinds of wine. The merchants affected by this tax expressed their disapproval openly. The colonists were angry because they had no say in the matter. This is an example of mercantilism.
  • The Stamp Act

    A new tax stated that every document, such as pamphlets and newspapers, needed to have a British seal on it which cost money. The colonists were angry once again because they didn't think they should have to pay for something they had been doing for free. The colonists protested the Stamp Act.
  • Patrick Henry's Speech (If This Be Treason)

    Patrick Henry spoke up for American independence and gave many speeches in favor of it. He also led the fight for the adoption of the Bill of Rights. Americans were not in favor of the British creating laws for them because they had no virtual representation in legislation.
  • The Declaratory Act

    After the Stamp Act went badly Great Britain came up with the Declaratory Act. The Declaratory Act stated that the American colonists were still subject to the king's laws and basicly powerless to make decisions unless the king approved. This came shortly after Great Britains salutary neglect of its American colonies for several years.
  • The Townshend Acts

    A series of laws named for a British chancellor placed new taxes on glass, lead, paint, paper, and tea. Due to the colonists angry reaction all taxes were repealed except the one on tea.
  • The Boston Massacre

    On March 5, 1770 British soldiers shot 5 American men killing one man and wounding the others. The British say the Americans started the conflict by throwing rocks. This event caused Americans to distrust the British even further.
  • The Boston Tea Party

    In protest over a new tea tax a group of colonists called the "Sons of Liberty" disguised themselves as Native Americans and boarded 3 British ships. They dumped 342 crates of tea off the ships which set off similar events throughout other colonies.
  • Lexington & Concord

    The first shots were fired as the British marched through Lexington to Concord to find an arms depot. No one was sure who fired first. The arms depot was saved from the British and they were forced to retreat.
  • Battle of Bunker Hill

    The battle of Bunker Hill was a 2 day battle. The American troops were trying to guard a shipyard in nearby Boston, but the British troops forced them to retreat.
  • Thomas Paine- Common Sense

    Thomas Paine wrote pamphlets such as "Common Sense" to inflame the American population and make them willing to fight against the British.
  • Declaration of Independence

    The declaration is a document declaring the 13 colonies independent from Britain. It was written by Thomas Jefferson and signed by many famous Americans.