Sugar Act-inderect tax (out of sight = out of mind)
- Duties on molasses and sugar
- 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)
- 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
- 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 bostonGeneral Gage brings thousands of British soldiers to Boston with more on the way.
Capture of Fort Ticonderoga
- Benedict Arnold & Ethan Allen capture the fort
- Get all supplies in the fort including cannons
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