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U.S. History Timeline 7

By A.Guy
  • Proclamation of 1763

    Proclamation of 1763
    The act closed western lands beyond the Appalachian Mountains to colonel expansion. the was done to calm Native American anxieties and to secure and protect the front lines from Native American attacks. Some colonist did not follow the proclamation and sometimes royal officials connived with land speculators in schemes involving tribal lands. The colonists did this because they were unhappy with the proclamation and wanted more land.
  • Sugar Act

    Sugar Act
    The act reduced the price of imported molasses & represented a net gain in customs collections. Since the British assumed that the colonists could not afford to buy molasses, they would be compelled to buy molasses produced in the British West Indies. The colonists objected to the act as merchants had long established procedures to sidestep imperial measures & smuggled. The act could disrupt merchants businesses & hurt profits. Also passed when the colonies were struggling economically(war).
  • Currency Act

    Currency Act
    The act prohibited the issue of any new bills and reissue of currency. There was confusion because the only way to get currency was through trade with Britain and most colonies felt no alternative to printing own money in the form of Bills of Credit. Also, there were no common regulations & no standard value on which to base the notes. The colonists protested vehemently against the act. They suffered a trade deficit with Britain to begin with and the shortage of hard capital would make it worse.
  • Stamp Act

    Stamp Act
    The first direct tax on the colonies, taxed new papers, almanacs, pamphlets, broadsides, legal documents, dice, and playing cards. This was to assert their power to control colonial policy. The colonists had many protests and made a mock stamp which the text read, "An emblem of the Effects of the STAMP. O! the Fatal STAMP." This is because there were numerous concerns among the colonists about the Stamp Act.
  • The Quartering Act

    Required colonial governments to provide & pay for feeding & sheltering any troops stationed in their colony. after the F-I war Britain kept some troops to help protect the colonies but because they were in debt from the war, the colonies had to pay their share of keeping the men in the colonies. NYPA refused to provide to cover costs of feeding & housing 1,500 troops sent to NYC. This is because many of the colonists saw this as one more way Parliament was attempting to tax them without consent
  • Declaratory Act

    Declaratory Act
    The Parliament had full power and authority to make laws and statues of sufficient force. All colonial acts, resolutions, votes, and proceedings that questioned this power and authority were null and void. This was because of the counter-productivity of the Stamp Act. Thomas Paine wrote an essay say that what was said in the Declaratory Act meant so unlimited a power can only belong to god. They realized the Declaratory Act presented new dangers to their rights.
  • Townshend Revenue Act

    Placed duties on various consumer items like paper, paint, lead, tea, and glass. Since the colonies did not have the manufacturing base to make the items, they would have to get the items from Britain who saw this as a way to get more money. The colonists argued back at the Parliament for the repeal of the act. They thought the right to lay internal taxes was never supposed to be in Parliament.
  • The Tea Act

    The Tea Act
    The act reduced the tax on imported tea. This gave the British merchants an unfair advantage in selling their tea in the colonies. The colonists boycotted because of this act. This is because many of them condemned the act.
  • The Boston Massacre

    The Boston Massacre
    Colonists were unhappy with the Quartering acts and started throwing stuff like ace at the soldiers and teasing them. One night, the colonists had to soldiers backed up to a wall. Then, apparently the captain of the soldiers yelled "Fire". This caused many of the soldiers to fire killing many colonists.
  • The Boston Tea Party

    The Boston Tea Party
    The Boston Tea Party was organized by the Sons of Liberty. It was to protest the tax on tea and the Britain lowered their prices to be lower than Dutch Smugglers. Though even with this, the colonists were still unhappy because they didn't want to buy stuff from people doing wrong things. So then they dumped all of the tea on a shipment into the Boston Harbour and wasted it. Some even tried to keep some for themselves as well.
  • The Intolerable Acts

    The Intolerable Acts
    The act closed the port in Boston and placed it under martial law. It was intended to surpress unrest in colonial Boston. The colonists, lead by the Sons of Liberty, boycotted. The law was meant to unrest Boston so they were mad and panicked.
  • Battle of Lexington and Concord

    Battle of Lexington and Concord
    The British went to go steal the weapons and resources the Americans had been stockpiling to ever use against them but the Americans wouldn't let that happen. The British won at Lexington but lost the big battle at Concord. Only after losing 300 men while the colonists only lose 93.
  • Battle of Bunker Hill

    Battle of Bunker Hill
    The British wanted the high ground against the Americans and also to be able to watch over Charleston but the Americans planned to get it first. But when they did go they took the wrong hill called Breed's Hill which was, unfortunately, in range of British ships. Also, Breed's Hill was 35 feet shorter than Bunker Hill. The British won.
  • The Declaration of Independence

    The Declaration of Independence
    The Declaration of Independence was the document signed by the Second Continental Congress. It was to the king declaring independence from Britain and the American government was now in charge.