The Road to Independence

  • The Mayflower Compact

    The Mayflower Compact was important because it was the first set of rules and laws set by the Pilgrims. Without these set in stone rules, chaos would occur. This compact enables safe living and the prevention of inhumane living.
  • Proclamation of 1763

    This prohibited settlement beyond the Appalachian Mountains. The Bitish did not mean to offend the colonists, but they all mainly took offense to it. This was used try and prevent outbreaks of violence with the Native Americans living there.
  • The Sugar Act

    The Sigar Act was an act that raised revenue by increasing duties on sugar imported from the West Indies. This act was a significant event that changed America. This act had the biggest affect on merchants, some of whom were very voal about the taxes and lack of representation. The Sugar ACt represented a significant change in policy.
  • The Currency Act

    Parliment argued that colonial currency had caused a downfall in value harmful to British trade. They banned American assemblies from issuing paper bills or bills of credit. This Act created tension between colonies and the mother country, and were contributing factor in the coming if ther American Revolution.
  • The Quartering Act

    The British ordered that colonists were to house and feed British soliders if necessary.
  • The Stamp Act

    This was important because this law required the use of tax stamps on all legal documents, on certain business agreements, and on newspapers. This Act affected everyone colonist. The Stamp ACt was also the first time a significant number of the colonies had joined to oppose the British governement.
  • Townshend Acts

    This taxes were imposemake the colonial officials independent of the colonists and included duties on glass, paper, and tea. Smugglers began to come on a rise to aviod the different taxes leading to more troops in Boston
  • The Boston Massacre

    The Boston Massacre was a turning point for many colonists into fighting for independence from England. The propaganda that is was a massacre made a lot of colonists rally together to counter the "evil" British. This was a street fight that lead into the Revoluntionary War.
  • The Tea Act

    Colonist did not like the idea of taxation without representation, and the tax on tea was the last straw. It led to the Boston Tea Party, British retaliation and eventually Revolution, which turned into the founding of the United States.
  • The Boston Tea Party

    The Boston Tea Party gave the colonists the motivation to stand up for their rights and to moreover risk their lives by going to war for their independence. This party is also important for its inspiration against injustice around the world.