Road to revolution

  • sugar act

    sugar act
    -Indirect tax ( out of sight =out of mind)
    - Duties on moleasses and sugar
  • stamp act

    stamp act
    • tax on all paper products -official stamp/seal on all paper items ( proof tax was paid)
  • Declaratory acts

    Declaratory acts
    • Parliament declares it has power to make laws for the colonies " in all cases what so ever"
    • Parliament passed this to save face
  • townshend acts

    townshend acts
    • taxes on glass , leads , paints, paper, and tea
    • searched for smuggled goods
  • Tea act

    Tea act
    • Passed 1773 and allowed british East India company (BEIC) to sell tea directly to colonists
      • lower prices than colonists merchant prices
      • tax tea cheaper than smuggled tea
      • less smuggled = more tax money
  • Boston tea party

    Boston tea party
    • members of sons of liberty Dump over 340 chests of tea into Boston Harbor -caused problems for loyalists / Tories
      • loyalists / Tory = a person in the colony who remains "loyal" to the king & Great britain
  • Intolerable acts

    Intolerable acts
    • passed to punish Boston fpr tea party
      • Boston Harbor closed until tea paid for
      • Massachusetts charter cancelled
      • Quartering acts requires colonist to house soldiers
        • "if a soldier come knocking at the door... you're sleeping on the floor"
    • General Thomas Gage became new governor of MA
  • Quarting act

    Quarting act
  • first continental congress meets

    first continental congress meets
    All colonies but Georgia have representatives.
    Voted to send a " statement of grievance"
    voted to boycott all British trade.
    Patrick Henry - VA rep. urged colonists to unite against Britiain
  • redcoats in boston

    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-
      • !st battle of American Revolutionary war
      • 'Shot heard round the world '- Ralph waldo Emerson
      • British
    • Battle of concord- -Americans stop the British and force them to retreat back to Boston
  • Capture a fort ticonderoga

     Capture a fort ticonderoga
    • Benedict Arnold & Ethan Allen capture the fort
    • Get all supplies in the fort including cannons
  • The second continental congress

    • The print money
    • set up post office
    • created continental army led by George Washington
    • Sent olive branch asking king to protect their rights
      • King hires 300,00 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

    • realizes men are disorganized & need discipline
    • need weapons
  • "Common Sense" published by thomas paine

     "Common Sense" published by thomas paine
    • Pamphlet inspires more colonists to come patriots
    • "every this that is right or reasonable pleads for separation. The blood of the slain, the weeping voice of nature cries," Tis time to parts"- 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
  • second Continental congress meet again

    second Continental congress meet again
    • Debate on declaring independence
    • Thomas Jefferson is the primary author of the document
  • second continental congress votes for independence

    second continental congress votes for independence
    • All 13 colonies vote yes on declaring independence
  • The Declaration of independence is signed

    The Declaration of independence is signed