The American Revolution

  • The Sugar Act

    The Sugar Act
    The Sugar Act was the first of Parliment's taxes upon the colonies. The act taxed all sugar, molasses, wine, coffee, pimento, printed calico, lumber, and iron. The colonists were mildly annoyed at the taxes, but that iritation eventually grew into an outright revot against taxes.
  • The Stamp Act

    The Stamp Act
    The Stamp Act was where all paper products were taxed. You had to buy stamps to put on the piece of paper you just bought. Parchment, paper, playing cards, newspaper, and any other paper products were taxed. Parliment even taxed what type of proclamation or order was written upon the paper.
  • The Townshend Acts

    The Townshend Acts
    The Townshend Acts were a tax on glass, paint, oil, paper, and tea were taxed in this act. The colonists were very angry when they heard about these new taxes. They refused to buy any British goods, so the Bristish trade suffered. Parliment eventually repealed the tax.
  • Boston Massacre

    Boston Massacre
    The Boston Massacre was a street fight with several British soldiers and a mob of colonists. The British were being besieged by the insults the colonists threw at them, such as "Lobsterback", "Red coat", ect. The British though their commander said, "FIRE," but he didn't. Several colonists were wounded, and about five died.
  • The Boston Tea Party

    The Boston Tea Party
    The Boston Tea Party was an event that riled up the colonists and British. The Sons of Liberty helped desighn and orchestrate the whole event. Samuel Adams took part of the Party. They rebels took 342 crates of tea from the holds of several ships, opened them, and tossed them into the harbor. Paul Revere was another planner. The British Parliment and King George were very indignant when they heard about the incedent.
  • The Intolerable Acts

    The Intolerable Acts
    The Intolerable Acts were a series of Acts created to punish the colonists for the Boston Tea Party. They were aslo called the Coersive Acts.
  • Lexington and Concord

    Lexington and Concord
    The Battles of Lexington and Concord were huge victories for both the British and the Americans. The British won the battle at Lexington Green, but the remaining militia ran to reinforce to Concord militia and defeated the Red coats at Concord.
  • The Battle of Bunker Hill

    The Battle of Bunker Hill
    Bunker Hill was a victory for the Lobsters, but only because the Americans ran out of ammo. George Washington was acting as the general of that particular battle. He said,"Don't fire until you see the whites of their eyes!" The battle was a success for the Americans, but unfortunately they had to retreat.
  • Common Sense

    Common Sense
    Written by Thomas Paine, the little paphlet of 48 pages contained the ideas of independence and liberty. "These are times that try men's souls." Paine wrote. The book was an immediate success. Benjamn Rush helped him edit and publish the pamphlet.
  • The Declaration of Independence

    The Declaration of Independence
    The Declaration of Independence was written by Thomas Jefferson, and the final draft was sent to King George III. The signers of the Declaration knew the risks they ran when they signed. John Hancock signed the Declaration first and the biggest so King George could read it without his spectacles. 51 people signed the document.
  • Battle of Trenton

    Battle of Trenton
    George Washington was the American's general, and Johann Rall was the Hessian general of the British army. Washington crossed the Delaware at midnight, as silent as a tomb. His men made no noise. This was his last chance, for he would lose his troops in one week. The key was secrecy, and there was a password for this operation, "Victory or Death!" The goal was to attack as many outposts as possible, and cause as much confusion as they could make. The attack occured on Christmas morning, 3a.m.
  • Battle of Trenton (continued)

    Battle of Trenton (continued)
    Rall and his regiment were drunk and incapitated. Rall tried to fight, but was killed. The sad thing was that he had recived a note from one of his spies that said,"The Americans are coming to attack you tomorrow morning. He never read the note, and it was found in his pocket two days after he died.
  • Ticonderoga

    Ticonderoga
    The battle at Fort Ticonderoga was a British victory, because the Americans withdrew, leaving it in British hands. The British had Iroquois Indian allies that helped on the seige.