Road To Revolution

  • Sugar Act

    Sugar Act
    -inderect tax (out of sight = out of mind)
    - Duties on molasses and sugar
  • stamp act

    stamp act
    • Tax on all paper products
    • official stamp/seal on all paper item (proof tax was paid)
    • Purchased only with valuable silver coins
    • If didn’t purchase = fined or jailed
    • Directs Tax - (In your face tax)
  • Declaratory Act

    Declaratory Act
    • Parliament declares it has power to make laws fro the colonies "in all cases whatsoever"
    • Parliment passes this to save face
  • First Continental Congress Meets

    First Continental Congress Meets
    • All colonies bu Georgia have representatives at this meeting
    • Voted to send a "statement of grievances"
    • Voted to Boycott all British Trade
    • Patrick Henry - VA rep. urged colonists to untie against Britain
  • 1,000's of Redcoats in boston

    1,000's of Redcoats in boston
    General Gage brings thousands of British soldiers to Boston with more on the way.
  • Capture of Fort Ticonderoga

    Capture of Fort Ticonderoga
    • Benedict Arnold & Ethan Allen capture the fort
    • Get all supplies in the fort including cannons
    - AMERICAN victory
  • Second Continental Congress meet

    • Print $$$$
    • Set up post office
    • Created Continental Army led by George Washington
    • Sent Olive Branch asking King to protect their rights
      • King hires 30k Hessians Soldiers in response
  • "Common Sense" puplished by Thomas Paine

    • pamphlet inspires more colonists to become patriots
    • "Evey thing that is right or reasonable pleades for seperation. The blood of the slain, the weeping voice of nature cries, 'TIS TIME TO PART" - Thomas Pain, Common Sense.
  • British Surrender Boston

    • Washington believes his army is read and weapons arrive
    • Washington puts cannons on Dorchester Heights overlooking Boston
    • BRITISH retreats - AMERICAN Victory
  • Washington Arives on outskirts of boston with Contanental troops

    • Realize men are disorganized and need discipline.
    • Need weapons
  • Second continental congress meet again

    • debate on declaring Independence
    • Thomas Jefferson is the primary author of the document.
  • Second Continental Congress votes for independence

    - All 13 colonies vote YES on declaring Independence
  • The declaration of independence is signed