Road to revolution

Road to Revolution

By dalls
  • Proclamation of 1763

    Proclamation of 1763
    The Proclamation of 1763 forbade the colonists from moving west of the Appalachian Mountains.
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    Road to Revolution

    This was the period of time between the French and Indian War and the start of the American Revolution. During this time, England felt that the colonists needed to help pay for the debt accrued by the French and Indian War. Therefore, Parliament started passing acts/taxes, and the colonists responded with boycotts, protests, and more. Every act/tax seemed to be more imposing than the last until the colonists wanted freedom.
  • Sugar Act

    Sugar Act
    The Sugar Act, also known as the Revenue Act, placed a tax on foreign molasses, sugar, wine, and coffee. This actually lowered the tax on molasses in hopes of stopping the smuggling.
  • Stamp Act

    Stamp Act
    Colonists were required to pay a special tax on certain printed goods. A special tax was placed on the item to show that the payment was made. Riots, boycotts, protests, tarring and feathering of stamp agents, and the formation of the Sons of Liberty were colonial reactions to this act.
  • Quartering Act

    Quartering Act
    This required the colonists to pay for the quartering (housing/feeding) of the British soldiers in their area.
  • Sons of Liberty

    Sons of Liberty
    The Sons of Liberty were a secret organization founded by Samuel Adams. They attempted to hide their identities as they plotted to fight the taxation placed upon them by the British government.
  • Stamp Act Congress

    Nine delegates from the colonies met to discuss what steps to take in resolving these acts placed upon the colonists. The delegates sent petitions and letters to King George III as well as Parliament explaining how this act violated their natural and political rights as British citizens. Boycotting made trade fall by 14%. There was a measure of success in what they did which was demonstrated by the repeal of the Stamp Act the following year.
  • Declaratory Act

    Declaratory Act
    Even though the Stamp Act was repealed, Parliament and King George III wanted to make sure that the colonists knew who had the power or right to rule and tax the British colonists living in America.
  • Townshend Act

    Townshend Act
    The Townshend Act placed an import tax on paint, glass, lead, paper, silk, and tea at the ports of entry.
  • Boston Massacre

    Boston Massacre
    Friction between the British soldiers and a group of Bostonian led to "snowballs" being thrown at the British soldiers. The snowballs had ice and shells in them. Shots were fired upon the crowd. Five lay dead, and several more injured. John Adams would defend the British soldiers accused of firing upon the crowd of "innocence" bystanders.
  • Repeal of the Townshend Acts

    Repeal of the Townshend Acts
    Due to the strained relations between Britain and the colonies, the new Prime Minister, Lord North, repealed the Townshend Acts. Only one part remained to remind the colonists of Parliament's authority. This was tea.
  • Tea Act

    Tea Act
    The East India Company was able to persuade Parliament to give them exclusive rights to sell tea directly to the colonies without having to pay the British import tax. In addition to this, the company was also allowed to deliver their cargo of tea straight into the colonial harbors on their own ships. The colonists were upset for several reasons such as the company's ability to bypass paying the tax and being able to use their own ships.
  • Boston Tea Party

    Boston Tea Party
    Members of the Sons of Liberty dressed up like Mohawk Indians to disguise themselves. This group proceeded to board the ships of the East India Company and threw over board approximately 342 chests of tea into Boston Harbor. This was about 92,000 pounds of tea.
  • Quebec Act

    Quebec Act
    This was the final act before war broke out. With everything that had happened before, this only infuriated the colonists more. The Canadian border was extended southward to the Ohio River. French Canadians were allowed to keep their laws, language, and Roman Catholic religion.
  • Coercive Acts

    Coercive Acts
    The colonists referred to the Coercive Acts as the Intolerable Acts due to the overbearing restrictions and limitations of these acts. Parts of the acts are as follows: closing the port of Boston until payment for the tea was made, British officials accused of a crime being sent back to England to be tried in British courts, placing British soldiers in private homes and reducing the level of self-government in Massachusetts.
  • Beginning of the Revolution