US History 7th Grade

  • Proclamation of 1763

    Proclamation of 1763
    This act was to prevent the Anglo- Americans from settling west of the Appalachians. Much of this region was unsettled by European Americans and occupied by the Native Americans, so the British government had to develop a way to stop/ govern it. It irritated the rich and the poor colonists because it prevented them from settling and land speculating.
  • Sugar Act of 1764

    Sugar Act of 1764
    It prohibited the act of smuggling sugar into colonies from the French West Indies.Colonies would not have to set up their own taxes, pay for militias, or run their own affairs anymore.The colonists felt happy and relieved because they would now get paid for growing and producing syrup and molasses.
  • Currency Act of 1764

    Currency Act of 1764
    It prohibited the production of any new bills and the reissue of existing currency. They imposed this act so that they could assume control of the colonial currency system.The colonists protested against this act and didn’t like it.They didn’t like it because they already suffered from a trade deficit with Great Britain, and argued that the shortage of hard capital would further make the situation worse.
  • Stamp Act of 1765

    Stamp Act of 1765
    The act regulated the principle of having to pay internal tax and get an official stamp from the government.It was imposed to place an internal tax on the colonies, and so that all colonial commercial and legal papers would need an official government stamp to be sold.The colonists did not like it and they started to protest and threatened to destroy the fort where the stamps were secured.They did this because they thought it was unfair that they had to pay internal tax for this matter.
  • Quartering Act of 1765

    Quartering Act of 1765
    It required the colony in which the troops were stationed to find billets in vacant buildings or barracks.It was to provide housing and provisions for troops stationed in colonial America.This act majorly affected the colonies and they were annoyed. It caused problems because it forbade the housing of soldiers in private houses, but it created problems for the British army since it made it difficult to find housing for the soldiers on the march.
  • Declaratory Act of 1766

    Declaratory Act of 1766
    Parliament would have the constitutional power to legislate for the colonies.Full power and authority to make laws and statues of sufficient force to bind the colonies and people of America , subjects of the crown of Great Britain, and to impose all duties, and taxes and find any attempts to do so illegal.This didn't concern the colonists very much. It didn't come to their concern much because reaching British America along with news of the Stamp Act repeal caused little concern in the colonies.
  • Townshend Revenue Act of 1767

    Townshend Revenue Act of 1767
    It placed duties on imported items such as glass, tea, lead, paint, and paper.The new revenues were used to pay the governors and judges.Because the colonial officials were usually in charge of paying colonial officials, this act was intended to be an attack on their legislative authority.Colonists were upset and objected to the new duties.They did this because they also didn’t like the way the duties were to be spent, or how the new bureaucracy was to collect them.
  • Boston Massacre

    Boston Massacre
    The Boston Massacre occurred in March of 1770. The reason of the Massacre was because after the Boston colonists saw the Stamp and Townshend Acts, they reacted towards the British soldiers violently. In result they threw sticks, snowballs, and stones at one another which resulted in several people dying.
  • Tea Act of 1773

    Tea Act of 1773
    It eliminated the normal customs duty on the British East India Company’s tea and permitted its direct export to America.The British government was trying to save one of England’s oldest and most successful trading companies from economic collapse after the French and Indian War.The colonists were upset and in Boston they took action to stop the tea from entering the city.They took this action because the American colonists did not want to pay the taxes on this tea.
  • Boston Tea Party

    Boston Tea Party
    The Boston Tea Party happened in December of 1773 when the taxes on tea got raised.Also, the colonists were upset about the "Taxation without Representation" law because the colonists had no say in the Parliament. The Patriots got angry, so they dressed up as Natives and took 342 chests of tea and dumped it into the Boston Harbor.
  • Intolerable Acts of 1774

    Intolerable Acts of 1774
    It was to punish Massachusetts Bay for the Boston Tea Party. The government did this because the colonists misbehaved and to punish organization of military forces. The colonists organized and pretested. They did this in intention to isolate and separate the colonies.
  • Battle of Lexington and Concord

    Battle of Lexington and Concord
    The purpose of this battle was for the American's to protect their gun powder and weapons from the British by keeping them safe. Also, the British wanted to show that they were not scared and were confident enough to beat the Americans. The effect of this battle was that in the end 300 British fell and 93 Americans fell. Lastly, the Americans won and the British ran away because the battle ended badly for the British.
  • Battle of Bunker Hill

    Battle of Bunker Hill
    The purpose of this battle was to prevent the British soldiers from conducting further attacks on the countryside after what happened during the battle of Lexington and Concord. This battle was also between the Americans and British over the hill which was an advantage for high ground. In result, the British took control and kept the hill so it was their victory, even though the British lost a lot of men. Many colonists though realized what they could now do to the British.
  • Declaration of Independence

    Declaration of Independence
    The Declaration of Independence was a document(scroll) that the colonists who wanted freedom from Britain wrote. It was written to argue that they were done being ruled under a bad King and wanted to separate themselves which is what the original 13 colonies are from.It was signed by many people(56).
  • Battle of Trenton

    Battle of Trenton
    This battle was led by George Washington and was against German mercenaries lead by Col. Johann Rall. In this battle the Americans won and captured around 900 Germans,22 Germans died, and no Americans died. The importance of this battle was it made the Americans want to continue war, and after they felt they had greatly improved their army.
  • Battle of Saratoga

    Battle of Saratoga
    This battle was between the Americans and the Germans who worked with the British. The American leaders were Horatio Gated and Benedict Arnold.The Germans and British were led by General John Burgoyne. In this battle the Americans won and maintained control over the Hudson River Valley. This was the turning point of the revolutionary war and led directly to the invention of France on behalf of the American Rebels.
  • Valley Forge

    Valley Forge
    The Valley Forge was the training camp for the American army. It helped the 12,000 American continental army troops gain confidence for war. In this the continentals were trying to fight for Americas independence and alliance with France. In the end the American won and the British lost.
  • Battle of Yorktown

    Battle of Yorktown
    This battle was the battle between the Franco-Americans, and the British army of Lieutenant General Lord Cornwallis. The significance of this battle was to put an end to the American Revolution and to put an end to British rule. The Americans beat the British in this fight and it was held in Yorktown because the Lt. Gen. chose it for its good harbor.
  • Treaty of Paris

    Treaty of Paris
    This was a Treaty signed by John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, and John Jay(Americans Representatives). The document stated that the British had to give up land, America became a country, and the British no longer ruled over the Americans. There were also 6 articles. The importance of this treaty was to end hostilities between America and England and it was the official ending to the war.