Road to revolution

Road To Revolution

  • Sugar Act

    Sugar Act
    Indirect 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 items (proof tax was paid)
    Legal Documents
    Playing cards
    Purchased only with valuables silver coins
    If didn’t purchase = fined or jailed
    Protested Stamp Act, feeling rights were violated
    Direct Tax
    (In your face tax)
  • Declaratory Act

    Declaratory Act
    Parliament declares it has power to make laws for the colonies “In all cases whatsoever”
    Parliament passes this to save face
  • Townshend Acts

    Townshend Acts
    Taxes on glass, lead, paints, paper, and tea
    Searched for smuggled goods
    Sons of liberty start to do violent acts
    British Soldiers arrive to protect tax collectors
  • Tea Act

    Tea Act
    Passed in 1773 and allowed British East India Company (BEIC) to sell tea directly to colonists
    Lower Prices than colonist merchants prices
    Tax Tea cheaper than smuggled tea
    Less smuggling = more tax money
    Colonial Merchant feared BEIC would put them out of business
  • Intolerable Acts

    Intolerable Acts
    Passed to punish Boston for Tea Party
    Boston Harbor Closed until tea paid for
    Massachusetts Charter Canceled
    Royal Officials had trial in Britain
    Quartering Act required colonists to house soldiers
    “ If a soldier comes knocking at your door…. You’re sleeping on the floor “
    Large amount of land given to Quebec
    General Thomas Gage became new governor of MA
  • First Continental Congress

    First Continental Congress
    All colonies but Georgia have representatives
    voted to send a “statement of grievances”
    Voted to Boycott all British Trade
    Patrick Henry – VA rep. urged colonists to unite 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.
  • Midnight ride of Paul Revere

    Midnight ride of Paul Revere
    Paul Revere rides to warn the Sons of Liberty in Lexington and Concord that the "British are coming… The British are coming.."
  • Battles of Lexington & Concord

    Battles of Lexington & Concord
    Battle of Lexington -
    1st battle of American Revolutionary War
    “shot heard round the world” -Ralph Waldo Emerson
    BRITISH Victory
    Battle of Concord -
    Americans Stop British and force them to retreat back to Boston
    AMERICAN Victory
  • 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

    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 30,000 Hessians Soldiers in response
  • Battle of Bunker Hill

    Battle of Bunker Hill
    fought on Breed’s Hill
    “Don’t Fire until you see the whites of their eyes” - William Prescott
    BRITISH Victory (Americans ran out of ammunition) British learn defeating Americans would NOT be easy.
  • Washington arrives on outskirts of Boston with Continental troops

    Washington arrives on outskirts of Boston with Continental troops
    Realizes men are disorganized & need discipline
    Need weapons
  • Common Sense

    Common Sense
    pamphlet inspires more colonists to become patriots
    “Every thing that is right or reasonable pleads for separation. The blood of the slain, the weeping voice of nature cries, ‘TIS TIME TO PART” -Thomas Paine, Common Sense
  • British Surrender Boston

    British Surrender Boston
    Washington believes his army is ready & weapons arrive
    Washington puts cannons on Dorchester Heights overlooking Boston
    BRITISH retreat – AMERICAN Victory
  • The Declaration of Independence is signed!

    The Declaration of Independence is signed!