Sugar ActDuties on molasses and sugar
Stamp ActTax on all paper products
Quatering ActWhen soldiers come into your house and sleep in your bed
Declaratory ActParliament declares it has power to make laws for colonies "in all cases whatsoever"
Parliament passes this to save face
- 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 MassacreThe crowd gathers and hassles soldiers, throwing snowballs and shouting insults.
More troops arrive, the colonists get more and more angry.
"Fire if you dare!"
Tea ActPassed in 1773 and allowed British East India Company to sell directly to colonists
Boston Tea PartyMembers of Sons of Liberty dumped over 340 chests of tea into the Boston Harbor
Intolerable ActsPassed to punish Boston for Tea Party
Continental Congress meets
- 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 BostonGeneral Gage brings thousands of Britain soldiers to Boston with more on the way
Midnight ride of Paul ReverePaul Revere rides to warn the Sons of Liberty in Lexington and Concord that the "British are coming... The British are coming
Battle 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
Capture of Fort TiconderogaBenedict Arnold & Ethan Allen capture the fort
Get all supplies in the fort including cannons
Second Continental CongressPrint $$$
Set up post office Created Continental Congress 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 HillFought on Breed's Hill
Don't Fire until you see the white in their eyes
BRITISH victory ( Americans ran out of ammunition) British learn defeating Americans would NOT be easy
Washington arrives at Boston with Continental TroopsRealizes men are disorganized & need discipline
Common SensePamphlet inspires more colonists to become patriots
“Everything 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 BostonWashington believes his army is ready & weapons arrive
Washington puts cannons on Dorchester Heights overlooking Boston
BRITISH retreat - AMERICAN Victory
2nd Continental CongressDebate on declaring independence
Thomas Jefferson is the primary author of the document
Votes for IndependenceThe Second Continental Congress, assembled in Philadelphia, formally adopts Richard Henry Lee's resolution for independence from Great Britain
Declaration of Independence signed.There 56 signers on the Declaration of Independence