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
    Official stamp/seal on all paper items (proof tax was paid)
    Legal documents
    Playing cards
    Purchased only with valuable silver coins
    If didn't purchase = fined or jailed
    Protested stamp act , feeling rights were violated
    Directed tax ( in your face tax)
  • Quartering act

    Quartering act
  • declaratory act

    declaratory act
    Parliament declares it has power to make laws for the colonist “in all cases whatsoever”
    Parliament passes to save face
  • Townsend act

    Townsend act
    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)
  • Boston Massacre

    Boston Massacre
  • Tea acts

    Tea acts
    Passed in 1773 and allowed british east india company (BEIC) to sell tea directly to colonist
    Lower prices than colonist merchant prices
    Tax tea cheaper than smuggled tea
    Less smuggling= more tax money
    Colonial merchants fear BEIC would put them out of business
  • Boston tea party

    Boston tea party
    • Members of sons of liberty dump over 340 chest of tea into boston harbor
    • “Boston harbor is a teapot tonight”
    • Caused problems for loyalist/ tories
  • Intolerable acts

    Intolerable acts
    Passed to punish boston for tea party
    Royal officials had a trial in britain
    Large amount of land given to october
  • Continental Congress meets

    Continental Congress meets
    • all colonies but Georgia have representatives
    • voted to send a "statement of grievance"
    • voted boycott all British trade
    • Patrick Henry - VA rep. urged colonist to unite against Britain
  • Second continental congress

    Second continental congress
    • Debate on declaring independence
    • Thomas Jefferson is the primary author of the document
  • 1,000's of Redcoats in Boston

    1,000's of Redcoats in Boston
    General Gage thousands of britian 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 and Concord

    Battles of Lexington and Concord
    • Battle of Lexington
    • first battle of american revolutionary war
    • "shot heard round the world"- Ralph waldo Emerson
    • British victory
  • capture fort of Ticonderoga

    capture fort of Ticonderoga
    -Benedict Arnold and Ethan Allen capture the fort
    -get all supplies in the fort including cannon
    -american victory (may 10,1775)
  • 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 learned defeating Americans would not be easy.
  • Washington arrives at Boston with Continental Troops

    Washington arrives at Boston with Continental Troops
    • Realizes men are disorganized & needed discipline
    • Need weapons
  • Common Sense

    Common Sense
    -Pamphlet inspires more colonist to become patriots
    -“Everything that is right or reasonable pleads for separation. The blood of the stain, the weeping vocie of nature cries, ‘ TIS TIME TO PART’ - Tomas 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
  • Votes for Independence

    Votes for Independence
  • Declaration of Independence signed

    Declaration of Independence signed