The Road to Independence

  • Virginia House of Burgesses

    Virginia House of Burgesses
    First assembly of elected representatives of English colonists in North America
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    Road to Independence

  • Fundamental Orders of Connecticut

    Fundamental Orders of Connecticut
    • First written constitution in the colonies- Elected representative assembly- Popular election of a governor and judges
  • French and Indian War

    French and Indian War
    British begin defending the land the colonists occupy against the French.
  • King George Takes the Throne

    King George Takes the Throne
    King George wants to tax the colonists to pay the debt of the French and Indian War
  • Sugar Act

    Sugar Act
    First of a series of taxes to pay off the debt.
  • Stamp Act

    Stamp Act
    Tax on all paper goods: including stamps, books, newspapers.
    Followed by the: Stamp Act Congres and the Stamp Act Grievances
  • Boston Tea Party

    Boston Tea Party
    A response to the Tea Act
  • Coercive Acts

    Coercive Acts
    Also known as the Intolerable Acts
    British response to colonists' protest
    Limited the assembly rights of the colonists
  • First Continental Congress

    First Continental Congress
    12 of 13 colonies met in Philadelphia to respond to the Coercive Acts
    Sent a list of grievances to King George
  • Second Continental Congress

    Second Continental Congress
    Formed an army and named George Washington as commander in chiefDeclare Independence from EnglandWrite the Articles of Confederation
  • Declaration of Independence

    Declaration of Independence
    • Written by Thomas Jefferson, and revised by Benjamin Franklin and John Adams- Adopted on July 4, 1776, signed on August 2, 1776- Natural rights - life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness- The “why” we became independent from Britain