Road to Revolution

  • Bacon’s Rebellion

    This Rebellion began when a grab for Native American lands was denied. This was a armed rebellion held by Virginia settlers. It was led by Nathaniel Bacon against Governor William Berkeley. In the aftermath of the rebellion, white planters reacted with aarm to the anger they had seen among the Virginians who had joined the rebellion.
  • Great Awakening

    Was a religious revival that impacted the English colonies in America during the 1730's and 1740's. The movement came at a time when the idea of secular rationalism was being emphasized. The result was a renewed dedication toward religion.
  • French and Indian War

    The British and french had a conflict over having control over the Ohio Valley. The Ohio Valley was apart of the British Empire, and therefore open for trade and settlement by Virginians and Pennsylvanians. They went into war for around 7 years I think. The aftermath was that the English ended up having control over the Ohio Valley.
  • Treaty of Paris

    The Treaty of Paris was originally caused because it was signed by the U.S. and British Representatives on September 3, 1783, ending the War of the American Revolution. The Treaty established peace between Great Britian and the allied nations. The Treaty of Paris ended seven years of war in Europe and the parallel French and Indian War in North America
  • Proclamation Line

    The Proclamation Line of 1763 was a British-produced boundary marked in the Appalachian Mountains at the Eastern Continental Divide. Decreed on October 7, 1763, the Proclamation Line prohibited Anglo-American colonists from settling on lands acquired from the French following the French and Indian War.
  • Pontiac’s Rebellion

    Pontiac's Rebellion was started by a confederation of American Indian tribes, primarily from the Great Lakes region, the Illinois Country, and Ohio Country who were not happy with British policies in the Great Lakes region following the French and Indian war. After this event had occurred, they issued the Proclamation of 1763, which prohibited colonists from settling in the region.
  • Quartering Act

    The Quartering Act was passed originally in response to greatly increased empire defense costs in America following the French and Indian War and Pontiac's War. This required the colonies to house the British soldiers in barrack provided by the colonies. American colonists resented and opposed the Quartering Act of 1765, not because it meant they had to house British soldiers in their homes, but because they were being taxed to play for provisions and barracks for the army.
  • Stamp Act

    The Stamp Act was passed on March 22, 1965, leading to an uproar in the colonies over something that was basically was a major cause of the Revolution: taxation without representation. Most Americans called for a boycott of British goods, and some made plans about attacks on the customhouses and homes of tax collectors. After months of protest, and an appeal by Benjamin Franklin before the British House of Commons, Parliament voted to repeal the Stamp Act in March 1766.
  • Townshend Acts

    The Townshend Acts were specifically to pay for the salaries of officials such as governors and judges. The British thought that the colonists would be okay with taxes on imports. American colonists, had no representation in Parliament, saw the Acts as an abuse of power. This Act was repealed in April 1770. The tax on tea would remain a flash-point and a contributing factor to the Boston Tea Party.
  • Boston Massacre

    The protesters, who called themselves Patriots, were protesting the occupation of their city by British troops, who were sent to Boston in 1768 to enforce unpopular taxation measures passed by a British parliament that lacked American representation. The aftermath of the Boston Massacre had a major impact on relations between the British and the American colonists. It further incensed colonists already weary of British rule and unfair taxation and roused them to fight for independence.
  • Tea Act

    At first, they believed the Tea Act was a tactic to gain colonial support for the tax already enforced. The direct sale of tea by agents of the British East India Company to the American colonies undercut the business of colonial merchants. The Act retained the duty on imported tea at its existing rate, but, since the company was no longer required to pay an additional tax in England, the Tea Act effectively lower the price of the tea in the colonies
  • Boston Tea Party

    The Boston Tea Party happened as a result of "taxation without representation", yet the cause is more complex. The American colonists believed Britain was unfairly taxing them to pay for expenses incurred during the French and Indian War. As a result of the Boston Tea Party, the British shut down the Boston Harbor until all of the 340 chests of tea were paid for.
  • Intolerable Acts

    The Intolerable Acts were a series of laws passed by the British Parliament in the mid- 1770's. The British instated the Acts to make an example of the colonies after the Boston Tea Part, and the outrage they caused became the major push that led to the outbreak. As a result of the Intolerable Acts, even more colonists turned against British rule. Great Britain hoped that the Intolerable Acts would isolate radicals in Massachusetts.
  • First Continental Congress

    The First Continental Congress, which was comprised of delegates from the colonies, met in 1774 in reaction to the Coercive Acts, a series of measures imposed by the British government on the colonies in response to their resistance to new taxes. The aftermath of the Intolerable Acts and the First Continental Congress, rumors began to circulate that war was imminent. The Second Continental Congress was preparing to meet in May since the Intolerable Acts had not been retracted.
  • Common Sense

    Thomas Paine published Common Sense in January 1776. Congress approved the Declaration of Independence months later, and Common Sense is believed to have greatly influenced support for the cause. Paine donated all his earnings from the sale of the pamphlet to the revolutionary cause.