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why the colonists fough britian in the revolutionary war

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Craig Statt

on 18 December 2012

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In an attempt to stop the colonists growing unrest, Parliament repealed many of the taxes in the Townshend Act however it was too late. It was too late the colonists were too upset and confronted the British troops. The colonists started to throw rocks and snowballs at the British troops. The British troops were nervous and scared so they started firing on the colonist’s. At the end of the fighting they had killed six and wounded five. The first person to die for American Independence was Crispus Attucks. The British soldiers were tried by the colonists, but only two were convicted and their punishment was getting their thumbs branded. Boston Massacre Tea Act The Tea Act was a law enacted by Britain that lowered the price of tea in an attempt to stop smuggling. Prior to the act, British East India Company had to sell to Britain and then to the Colonies, but now they could sell direct to the colonists. The colonist’s didn’t like this because it made East India a monopoly. The colonists didn’t enjoy the fact that even though the price of tea was lowered you still had to pay a tax for receipt of the tea. The Boston Tea Party was a protest by colonists who dumped 342 chests of tea in the Boston Harbor, in response to Great Britain’s Tea Act. On December 16, 1773, the Sons of Liberty, led by Samuel Adams, met in the Old South Church dressed as Mohawk Indians and snuck onto the East Indian ships. They dumped the chests of tea into the harbor because they were protesting the Taxation without Representation. In addition, they set fire to the ships in the harbor. This act of defiance was a message to Parliament that New England was leading the charge for non-British rule in the colonies. Boston Tea Party In response to the Boston Tea Party, Parliament created 1 bill and 3 acts which the colonists called the Intolerable Acts. The First Act was the Boston Port Bill which closed the city’s harbor until the damage done to the harbor was restored. The second Act was the Massachusetts Government Act, which reduced the colony to a crown colony and permitted only one town meeting a year. The third Act was the Administration of Justice Act, this act allowed British troops, if they committed a crime, to be tried in Britain or another colony. The final Act was the Coercive Act, which is very similar to the Quartering Act, that allowed British to take housing or dwellings away from the colonists. Intolerable Acts pontiac Declaratory Stamp Sugar In the last days of the French and Indian War, the leader of the Ottawa nation, Pontiac
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