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Road to the Revolution

  • The Line of Proclomation

    The Line of Proclomation
    After years of fighting the French and Indian War over trade route territory, the Colonists triumphed. King George III was unimpressed by the debt brought to England by the war and ignored the colonists’ hard work. King George issued the Line of Proclamation in 1763. The line overlaid the Appalachian Mountains and colonists were not allowed to settle west of the line. The King’s reasoning for this act was to allow the Native Americans to continue to live on their land.
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  • The Stamp Act

    The Stamp Act
    Before the French and Indian War, colonists did not pay taxes and the British paid no mind to the matter. Postwar, Britain began to enforce tax laws on the colonists. The Stamp Act was a direct tax on printed materials. The Stamp Act was signed to support increased British troops to keep order in America. The colonists found this tax annoying; they did not approve of the soldiers and were reminded of this tax daily.
  • The Boston Massacre

    The Boston Massacre
    The Boston Massacre was a traumatic event dramatized by Rebel leaders Sam Adams and Paul Revere to sway colonists against Britain. The event was sparked by children playing in the streets, loudly teasing a group of British soldiers. The children drew a crowd of 200 people. The rowdy crowd packed snowballs with sharp objects and launched them at the soldiers. The soldiers remained calm through these attacks until someone yelled “fire”. Following command, the soldiers shot into the crowd.
  • The Boston Tea Party

    The Boston Tea Party
    The Boston Tea Party was a protest organized by Sam Adams in response to the Tea Act of 1773. The Tea Act gave a monopoly to the British East India Company to help avoid bankruptcy. The Rebels jumped aboard three ships anchored in Boston Harbor dressed as Mohawk Indians. The group dumped three million dollars worth of tea into the harbor.
  • The Intolerable Acts

    The Intolerable Acts
    The Intolerable Acts were a series of laws set by the king to show the colonists that they are still under British rule even though they live miles away. These laws outraged the colonists sparking them to form the Continental Congress.
  • The Battle of Lexington and Concord

    The Battle of Lexington and Concord
    In 1775, militia groups were forming all over Boston and had supplies stored in Concord. The British wanted to seize the supplies, so they began the march to Concord. Warned by Paul Revere and Willam Dawes, the Americans met the British in Lexington to slow them down. This is when the "shot heard 'round the world" was fired. Simultaneously the Rebels removed the munition from Concord.
  • The Declaration of Independence

    The Declaration of Independence
    The Declaration of Independence was a Document written by Thomas Jefferson, proposed on July 2, 1776 and passed two days later. The document was written to tell the world why the colonists were seeking independence from Britain. This was the final event leading to the American Revolution. The Declaration was signed by 56 people.