U.S. History

  • Proclamation of 1763

    This proclamation did not allow colonists to settle west of the Appalachian Mountains. The Bristish government feared the conflict between colonists and Native Americans would lead to another war. They also could not afford to pay British troops to defend the western lands. Colonists were enraged by this proclamation because they felt they had won the right to settle in the Ohio River Valley after winning the French and Indian War.
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    Road to Revolution

  • Quartering Act

    In 1765, Parliament passed an act called the Quartering Act. This act required colonists to house British soldiers and provide them with supplies . With the money Britain saved, they payed off their war debt from the French and Indian War.
  • Stamp Act

    Parliament passed this act in 1765. It required every document to carry an official stamp to show proof that a tax had been paid. This tax helped Britain pay off their war debt, and colonial leaders called for resistance to the tax.
  • Townshend Acts

    The Townshend Acts were a series of acts. One of the acts required New Yorkers to provide housing for troops. Other acts required colonists to pay a tax on imported gooods. These acts were meant to raise revenue in the colonies
  • Tea Act/Boston Tea Party

    The tea act was an act that placed a tax on tea. Colonists were furious with this tax and this caused the Boston Tea Party. In the Boston Tea Party, the Sons of Liberty dumped tea imported from Britain into the ocean while disguised as Indians.
  • Intolerable Acts

    The Intolerable Acts were passed to punish the Massachusets colony and to serve as warning to other colonies. Boston ports were closed until the colonists paid for the destroyed tea. Also, commities of correspondence were banned until the colonists paid for the destroyed tea. In addition, commities of correspondence were banned and the British could house troops wherever neccesary.
  • Battles of Lexinton and Concord

    On April 19, 1775, 700 British troops reached Britain and were met by 70 militiamen. A fight breaks out and eight militiamen die. These two battles were the first battles of the Revolutionary War.
  • Olive Branch Petition

    This document was adopted by congress in July 1775 to try to avoid a war with Britain. It asked the king to reunite Britain and the colonies and remove all tension between them. A month later, the colonies officialy became in rebellion.
  • Declaration of Independence

    This document was adopted on July 4, 1776 by the Continental Congress. It claims that the colonies are now independent and seperated from Britain. Thomas Jefferson was the one who composed the Declaration of Independence.