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Virtual Field Trip . . . Road to the Revolutionary War

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A Virtual Field Trip . . . The Road to the Revolutionary War
Between 1764 and 1776, America truly
became a nation. Where before America had been 13 colonies ruled by a distant British king, by 1776 colonists had declared its independence. What led to this dramatic change? What events caused the colonists to risk everything to rule themselves? Follow the path along this virtual field trip and immerse yourself in the past and discover the fears, friction and turmoil that shaped these tumultuous times.
The Sugar Act
The French and Indian War came to an end in 1763. Britain defeated France in North America, but the victory came with a price. Parliament was left with a huge debt to pay, and the prime minister decided to share the burden with the colonies without their consent. In 1764, Parliament passed the Sugar Act, setting off a debate on colonial rights and taxation. Investigate this topic in more depth by exploring the website via the link below. Follow the directions on your assignment sheet and complete the research questions with your partner before moving to the next event.

http://www.masshist.org/revolution/sugar.php
The Stamp Act
Parliament passed the Stamp Act in March 1765 to raise money to help pay of the debt they accumulated from the French and Indian War. The act required that official stamped paper be purchased and used for all legal documents, newspapers, and other printed materials. Investigate this topic in more depth by exploring the website via the link below. Follow the directions on your assignment sheet and complete the research questions with your partner before moving to the next event.

http://amhistory.si.edu/militaryhistory/exhibition/flash.html
The Boston Tea Party
On December 16, 1773, a group of Patriots, protesting the monopoly on tea given by Parliament to the East India Company, seized 342 chests of tea in on three ships and threw them into the harbor. To Parliament, the Boston Tea Party confirmed Massachusetts as the leading colony in resisting British rule. Investigate this topic in more depth by exploring the website via the link below. Follow the directions on your assignment sheet and complete the research questions with your partner before moving to the next event.

http://www.masshist.org/revolution/teaparty.php
The Coercive Acts
In the spring of 1774, Parliament passes the Coercive Acts in response to the destruction of the East India’s tea cargo in Boston in December 1773. Massachusetts and Boston are singled out and punished, but the acts do not produce the desired effect. Throughout 1774 and into 1775, the other North American colonies question the wisdom of Parliament’s reaction. Investigate this topic in more depth by exploring the website via the link below. Follow the directions on your assignment sheet and complete the research questions with your partner before moving to the next event.

http://www.masshist.org/revolution/coercive.php
Lexington and Concord
The first fighting between the British regulars and Minutemen took place in the early ours of April 1775. When British troops are sent to confiscate colonial weapons, they run into an untrained and angry militia. This ragtag army defeats 700 British soldiers and the surprise victory bolsters their confidence for the war ahead. Investigate this topic in more depth by exploring the website via the link below. Follow the directions on your assignment sheet and complete the research questions with your partner before moving to the next event.

http://amhistory.si.edu/militaryhistory/exhibition/flash.html
The Sons of Liberty Formed
Sons of Liberty groups were organized throughout the colonies to protest the Stamp Act. This group, whom the British would consider terrorists, used many different strategies to protest what they considered unjust laws, some peaceful and others violent. They became an influential organization throughout the pre-war period.Investigate this topic in more depth by exploring the website via the link below. Follow the directions on your assignment sheet and complete the research questions with your partner before moving to the next event.

http://www.masshist.org/revolution/sons_of_liberty.php
The Boston Massacre
On March 5, 1770 tensions reached a peak in Boston between the Redcoats stationed there and the locals. What resulted was a bloody confrontation and the first deaths of the anti-British protest movement. Investigate this topic in more depth by exploring the website via the link below. Follow the directions on the assignment sheet and complete the research questions with your partner before moving to the next event.

http://www.bostonmassacre.net/
The Battle of Bunker Hill
The British retreated to Boston after the bloody confrontations at Lexington and Concord. In June, American troops build a fort on Bunker Hill (actually Breed’s Hill) in nearby Charlestown. The two armies clashed on 17 June 1775. Although the British were ultimately victorious, they suffered devastating casualties and learned a war against the ragtag Continental Army would not be easy. Investigate this topic in more depth by exploring the website via the link below. Follow the directions on your assignment sheet and complete the research questions with your partner before moving to the next event.

http://www.masshist.org/revolution/bunkerhill.php
There was little else the colonists believed they could do after the bloody confrontations that had occurred. Although they did extend an olive branch of peace to King George III, they ultimately decided to declare their independence from Great Britain and prepare for war.
Independence is Declared
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