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The Road to Revolution

The Road to Revolution Prezi gives an overview of the key events that led to the American Revolution and the Revolutionary War.

Chris Rhodenbaugh

on 8 November 2015

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The Road to Revolution
Proclamation of 1763
colonists from settling
of the Appalachian Mountains

British government money to sign an agreement with the American Indians
Colonists would not need to be protected from Indian attacks

The Townshend Acts (1767)
the Stamp Act
tax paid by merchants on the import of glass, lead, alcohol, paint, and

British soldiers were sent to the colonies, particularly Boston, to enforce the payment of taxes.
Boston Tea Party (December, 1773)
Act of 1773
forced colonists to purchase tea from
British company

The colonists showed the British government how they felt about being told what to do another time...
French and Indian War
(1756 - 1763)
Outcome: British victory in 1763
New territory west of the Appalachian Mountains
Stamp Act of 1765
Boston Massacre (1770)
Intolerable Acts (1774)
British vs. French and Indian

The Revolutionary War
Battle of Lexington and Concord
Common Sense
The purpose of Common Sense was to convince colonists that America must
independence from Britain.
The Declaration of Independence
On July 4, 1776 the 13 colonies officially declared themselves an independent nation that will be called the United States of America.

Author: Thomas Jefferson
War Tactics
Advantages of the British Army
More soldiers
More experience
More weapons
Better navy
The Revolutionary War ends in 1783.
After the French and Indian War, the British
government was in...
stamp showed the tax was paid
all paper goods and the
was repealed in 1766.
Now that the Stamp Act was repealed,
what problem did the British still have?
In 1770, Boston was occupied by
British soldiers

colonists killed by British troops

Paul Revere's engraving spread throughout colonial papers

The image is an example of propaganda used by the colonists to rally supporters.
Colonists were tired of being told what to do to benefit the crown without having their opinions heard in the representative government so they responded to the Tea Act with the
Boston Tea Party
The punishment for the Boston Tea Party were the laws colonists called the
Intolerable Acts.

Until order has been restored and the British East India Company paid for all its ruined tea the British government will...

1. close the Boston Harbor to all trade
-most damaging to Boston because nearly every job in Boston was connected to trade.

2. quarter soldiers in colonists' homes.

3. outlaw the colonial government of Massachusetts.

4. send people to trial in Britain if needed for a "fair jury."
The first shot is often called "the shot heard around the world," because the Americans were the first group of people to rebel against the rule of the extremely powerful British Empire.
The Patriots had a problem:
Shots had been fired, but

were not unified against the British.

People still needed to be convinced about
why so many lives should be risked
to free the colonies from the British Empire.
Thomas Paine wrote a
page pamphlet
Common Sense
language designed to explain why
colonists should support the

against the British.
I'll write down all the arguments against the rule of Britain in simple language for every American to read! The Revolution is
common sense
if you explain it correctly.
Thomas Paine
After three months more than
copies of
Common Sense were sold.

It is estimated that as many as
of all colonial
citizens had either read the pamphlet or had it read to them in 1776.
Before Common Sense was published very few people would have believed that the American colonies would declare their independence in such a short time.
Common Sense was released to bookstores on January 10,
, six months
the Declaration of Independence was approved.
At the Boston Tea Party, more than one hundred colonists broke open hundreds of pounds of British East India Company Tea and threw it in the
Boston Harbor.
Advantages of the Continental (American) Army
Fighting for freedom
Knowledge of the land
Guerrilla tactics
Frontier fighting
Treaty of Paris 1783
Britain officially recognizes the United States of America as an independent nation.

The French and Indian War divided the colonists from the British government because the British government was in debt and wanted colonists to pay taxes to pay for the war. The colonists had fought in the war and didn't have a representative in the British government, so they did not believe the tax was fair.
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