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Events that lead to the revolution
Transcript of Events that lead to the revolution
Britain Wins the War leading to the Treaty of Paris. 1763
Britain sent more troops and supplies to the colonies and eventually won the war. The war ended the treaty of Paris which said Britain now owned most of Canada. All lands east of the Mississippi River, And Florida.
Taxes pay off
King George the 3rd kicked the French out because they had all the land. But the king lied causing war to increase and get worse. After the war was over British leaders looked at their budget and made a plan for spending money. They realized they didn't have enough money to pay of the war. So the british started to "sell" sugar to help pay for the extra money they need.
The Stamp Act 1765
The Parliament approved another tax law. The stamp act put a tax on many paper items in the colonies. Newspapers, legal documents, and even playing cards had to have a special stamp on them to show that the tax has been paid. British Colonies thought that the tax was fair but many other colonies felt different and they were angry. If you did not
have this stamp on
your item the "cops"
would come find
you and take you to
Conflicting Claims 1750
Both Great Britain and France Laid claim to the Ohio Valley, a piece of of land, that stretched from the Ohio River to the Appalachians to the Mississippi River. The French sent troops to drive out the British which resulted in the British declaring war.
The Coercive Acts
In March 1774, Parliament passed a new set of laws down to punish the Massachusetts colonists. These laws were called the Coercive Acts because they coerced, or forced colonists to follow laws they felt were unfair. One law closed the port of Boston until the colonists paid for the destroyed tea. British warships stopped other ships from entering or leaving the harbor. To punish the colonists even further, Britain stopped the Massachusetts legislature from meeting. It put the colony under the control of British General Thomas Gage. Britain also ordered the colonists to quarter British soldiers. This order forced colonists to give food and housing to the soldiers. Not everyone agreed with these laws including some british leaders. In April 1774 Edmund Burke said to the Parliament "you will force them [to buy taxed goods]?
Continental congress + lexington and concord
The continental congress was people writing letters from the parliament talking about how they feel about the tax laws. But many colonies were scared that the Britain might take stronger action against them.
Colonists in Massachusetts were called minutemen because they said that there ready to fight at a minutes notice. in 1775 general gage heard that sammual adams and john hancock were meeting in lexington gage also heard that the minutemen had weapons. he sent over 700 british soldiers to arrest the two leaders of sons liberty anto take the weapons. However Paul Revere, another memeber of the sons liberty found out about the plan. John Parker, shouted, "don't fire unless fired upon but if they mean to have war let it begin here" No one knows who fired first but shots rang out. As the british returned to Boston, the minutemen fired at them nearby woods and fields. By the time the British arrived in Boston 73 soldiers had been killed and 174 wounded.
The Boston Tea Party
Only the east India Company was allowed to sell tea. The tea act meant that the colonist had to buy their tea from the East India company. They could either pay tax on tea or just not drink it at all. On the night of December 16, 1773, about 150 members of the sons dressed as members of the Mohawk tribe and marched down to Boston Harbor. When members of the sons of Liberty arrived to the ships, they boarded the ships, broke open more than 300 chests of tea, and threw it all overboard. Their angry protest became known as the Boston tea Party.
The Townshend Act 1767
The Townshend acts taxed imports, such as glass, tea, paint, paper, that were brought into the colonies. Some colonist wouldn't even paint there houses because they didn't want to pay tax for paint. In 1770, Parliament repealed all the townshend acts except for the tea. However, many colonist still would not buy british tea.
The French and Indian War. 1754
The war was fought between Britain and France and witnessed the Americans Joining forces with the British against the French and Indians.
Events that lead to the Revolution. Sophia DiPietro