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American Revolution Timeline
Transcript of American Revolution Timeline
This was the turning point in the American Revolution, pivoting the war in favor of the Americans, and boosting morale. The Sons of Liberty were a secret group of anti-British patriots formed in colonial cities in response to the Stamp Act crisis. Best known for the Boston Tea Party, which led to the Intolerable Acts, the Sons of Liberty advocated nonviolent protests, such as petitions and publishing pamphlets. This group spread the non-importation movement and cause for independence. 1765 In order to raise money, the Stamp Act, a tax on printed materials such as legal documents, magazines, newspapers, was enforced in the colonies. Many colonists felt burdened and oppressed with these taxes. The government sent no representatives to Parliament and the colonies had no voice in how the taxes should be raised, spent, and levied. This Act caused many protests to form in the colonists and created Anti-British groups, such as the Sons of Liberty. Stamp Act Congress Eventually, delegates from nine colonies met at an assembly called the Stamp Act Congress in New York. There, they denied Parliament's right to tax the colonists without representation and decided to stop all importations from Britain until the act was repealed. This was significant because it showed that the colonists were so upset that they protested to the degree where they made it impossible for the British to enforce the Stamp Act. 1766 Non-Importation Movement The colonists boycotted the Stamp Act and
refused to trade with Britain. This was a cause of the American Revolution because it showed that the colonists would not back down and listen to the Parliament. 1767 Townshend Acts The Townshend Acts were a series of laws that were passed to raise revenues and suppress American liberties. It taxed items such as lead, glass, paint, paper, and tea. This was significant to the American Revolution because it angered the colonists and it caused them to question the authority of the British. The Stamp Act 1760s-1770s 1770 The Boston Massacre The Boston Massacre was a riot where the British soldiers opened fire on armed civilians who had been taunting them. Rumors had been created saying that the soldiers were picking fights, harassing women, or simply provoking citizens. This caused many misunderstandings as soldiers were taken to court. This heightened tensions between the colonists and the British soldiers as the news spread across the colonies. 1774 The Quartering Act The Quartering Act allowed soldiers to live in homes of the colonists. The families were to feed, house, and clothe them as well. This was significant to the American Revolution because this angered many Americans as it they were burdened with another person along with their family to proved for. 1773 The Boston Tea Party The Boston Tea Party was another protest against the Tea Act where the colonists dressed up as Native Americans and boarded a ship where they dumped 45 tons of imported British tea, into the harbor, later inspiring the people in New York to do the same. This was significant to the American Revolution because it showed that the Americans were politically protesting and rebelling against the British. 1763 The Proclamation of 1763 The Proclamation of 1768 gave the region west of the Appalachian to the Native Americans. This shocked the colonists as they expected to move into the west after the French was removed but couldn't because it was occupied by the Native Americans. They were upset and confused as to why the British would grant the Indians, who were considered the enemy. This caused much discontent towards the British.