The Footsteps to Freedom

  • Proclomation of 1763

    Proclomation of 1763
    This proclomation did not allow settlers to settle past a line drawn along the Appalachian Mountains.This was done in order to organize Great Britain's new North American empire and to keep up peace with the Indians through managing of trade, settlement, and land purchases in western America.
  • Sugar Act

    Sugar Act
    During a time of economic downfall, a tax on purchasing sugar products was brought up by the Parliament and later led to protests in the colonies.
  • Stamp Act of 1765

    Stamp Act of 1765
    It required many printed materials to be made out of London, not the colonies. The Stamp Act was a tax that allowed the British government to consider documents to be legal.
  • Quartering Act 1765

    Quartering Act 1765
    Required colonies to provide whatever is neccesary to British soldiers, including; food, clothing, and shelter.
  • Stamp Act Congress

    Stamp Act Congress
    A meeting held in New York City to unify representatives of individual colonies in a protest against the Stamp Act, resulting in the repeal of the law.
  • Declaratory Act 1766

    Declaratory Act 1766
    Law that made British government equally as powerful in US as in Britain, in response to the repeal of the Stamp Act.
  • Townshend Acts 1767

    Townshend Acts 1767
    The goal was to raise money in the colonies to help pay governors and judges in Britain.
  • Boston Massacre

    Boston Massacre
    The Boston Massacre was known as the "shot heard round the world." When the British army killed 5 civilian men and also injured 6 other people on King Street in Boston. British soldiers were stationed in Boston to protect colonial officials.
  • Tea Act 1773

    Tea Act 1773
    They were acts by the Parliament to help the British East India Company survive. This company sold tea in thc colonies and Britain, which made the government impose a tax on its purchases.
  • Boston Tea Party

    Boston Tea Party
    The Boston Tea Party was a peaceful protest of the British East India Company when colonists who were dressed like Indians dumped tea into the Boston Harbor.
  • Coercive Acts 1774

    Coercive Acts 1774
    These were new laws that stripped Massachusets of their self-government rights in response to the Boston Tea Party.
  • 1st Continental Congress

    1st Continental Congress
    The 1st Continental Congress was a convention of delegates held at Carpenter's Hall in Philadelphia. It took place in response to the Coercive Acts.
  • Quebec Act 1774

    Quebec Act 1774
    The Quebec Act was a law that decided what government would be in control of the Quebec region of Canada and parts of the Great Lakes.
  • Battle of Lexington/Concord

    Battle of Lexington/Concord
    These battles began the Revolutionary War. The British army was led by Francis Smith and the American army was led by Paul Revere and Joseph Warren.
  • 2nd Continental Congress

    2nd Continental Congress
    The 2nd Continental Congress was a meeting of delegates in Philadelphia as the Revolutionary War began.
  • Olive Branch Petition

    Olive Branch Petition
    This petition was an early way of preventing war, by stating the colonists loyalty to the King.
  • Declaration of Independence

    Declaration of Independence
    The Delcaration of Independence is arguably the most important document in American history. It granted the colonies freedom or "independence" from England.