Road To Revolution

  • 1775 BCE

    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
  • Sugar Act of 1764

    Sugar Act of 1764
    indirect tax( out of sight=out of mind
    Duties on molasses and sugar
  • Repealing Stamp Act

    Repealing Stamp Act
    Boycott, Refusal to buy stamps or paper goods, Stamp Act Congress, Parliament agrees to repeal (get rid of) the Stamp Act
  • Stamp Act

    Stamp Act
    Taxes on all paper, Official stamp/seal on all paper items( proof tax was paid), Legal documents, Licenses, Newspapers, Pamphlets, and playing cards. Purchased only with silver coins, if you didn't purchase you got fined or jailed, Protested Stamp Act, feeling rights were violated, Direct Tax( In your face )
  • 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
  • Tea Act

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

    Boston Tea Party
    Members of Sons of Liberty Dump over 340 chests of tea into Boston Harbor
    ”Boston harbor is a teapot tonight
    Caused problems for loyalists/Tories
    Loyalist/Tory= A person in the Colony who remains “loyal” to the King and Great Britain
  • Intolerable Acts

    Intolerable Acts
    Passed to punish Boston for Tea Party
    Boston Harbor Closed until tea paid for
    Massachusetts Charter cancelled
    Royal officials had trial in Britain
  • Quartering Act

    Quartering Act
    Quartering Act required colonists to house soldiers
    ”If a soldier comes knocking at the door, you’re sleeping on the floor”
    Large amount of land given to Quebec
    General Thomas Gage became new governor of MA
  • Continental Congress meets

    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
  • 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
    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 Ticonderoga

    Capture of Fort Ticonderoga
    Benedict Arnold and Ethan Allen capture the fort
    Get all supplies in the fort including cannons
    American victory
  • 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 and need discipline
    Need weapons
  • “Common Sense” published by Thomas Paine

    “Common Sense” published by Thomas Paine
    Pamphlet inspires more colonist 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”
  • British Surrender Boston

    British Surrender Boston
    Washington believes his army is ready and weapons arrive
    Washington puts cannons on Dorchester Heights overlooking Boston
    BRITISH retreat - AMERICAN Victory
  • Second Continental Congress

    Second Continental Congress
    Debate on declaring independence
    Thomas Jefferson is the primary author of the document
  • Votes for Independence

    Votes for Independence
  • Declaration of Independence is Signed

    Declaration of Independence is Signed