The Road To Revolution

  • The Stamp Act

    In 1765 Parliament passed another law in effort to raise money. This law was the Stamp Act. It placed a tax on almost every from news papers and pamphlets to wills and playing cards. All printed material had to have a stamp., which was applied by the British officials.
  • The Proclamation Of 1763

    The end of the French and Indian war caused a celebration in the colonies, but the proclamation soon made the celebration stop by closing off the frontier that the colonist were excited about. They closed off the frontier to colonial expansion. The proclamation also established four new colonies (Quebec, East Florida, West Florida, and Grenada.) It also said that the Indians and their lands were protected under the king and that those occupying Indian territory would have to abandon it.
  • Surgar Act

    The first attempt to finance the defence of the colonies by the British Government. In order to deter smuggling and to encourage the production of British rum, taxes on molasses were dropped; a levy was placed on foreign Madeira wine and colonial exports of iron, lumber and other goods had to pass first through Britain and British customs.
  • Townsend Acts Tax Colonial Imports

    Parliament passed a set of laws in 1767 that are know as the Townsend Acts. The British tried to avoid some of the problems the stamp acts caused in these acts. They understoof that the colonist would not tolerate internal taxes, so the new taxes only applied to imported goods, with the tax being paid at the prot of entry.
  • Boston Massacre

    The relations between the redcoats and the Boston colonist grew more tense. Then on March 5th 1770, the tension finally reached a peak. That day a fight broke out between towns people and soldiers.
  • Publication Of Thomas Hutchinson Letters

    In these letters, Hutchinson, the Massachusetts governor, advocated a 'great restraint of natural liberty', convincing many colonists of a planned British clamp down on their freedoms.
  • Boston Tea Party

    Three ships arrived in Boston Harbor in late 1773. The royal governor, whose house had been destroyed by Stamp Act protestors, refused to let the ships turn back. When he ordered the tea unloaded, Adams and the Boston sons of Liberty acted swiftly. On December 16, a group of men disguised as Mohawks and armed with hatchets marched to the wharves. At midnight rhey got on the ships and threw 342 chests of tea over board.
  • Continental Congress

    Colonial delegates meet to organise opposition to the Intolerable Acts.
  • Parliament Passes the Intolerable Acts

    When the news of the Boston Tea Party reached london, the reaction was quite different. King George III realized that Britain was losing control over the colonies. Not prepared to give up the King and Parliament vowed to punish Boston. In the spring of 1774, parliament passed the Coercive Acts.
  • Battles of Lexington and Concord

    First engagements of the Revolutionary War between British troops and the Minutemen, who had been warned of the attack by Paul Revere.