Prelude to Revolution

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Prelude to Revolution

Prelude to the Revolution

What happened to make the American colonists think revolting against King George and British government was the answer?

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The Stamp Act was passed by the British Parliament on March 22, 1765. The new tax was imposed on all American colonists and required them to pay a tax on every piece of printed paper they used. Ship's papers, legal documents, licenses, newspapers, other publications, and even playing cards were taxed. The money collected by the Stamp Act was to be used to help pay the costs of defending the colonies.

1773 Act that gave a monopoly on tea sales to the East India Company. American colonists could buy no tea unless it came from that company. The Tea Act lowered the price on this East India tea so much that it was way below tea from other suppliers. But the American colonists saw this law as yet another means of "taxation without representation" because it meant that they couldn't buy tea from anyone else (including other colonial merchants) without spending a lot more money. Their response was to refuse to unload the tea from the ships. This was the situation in Boston that led to the Boston Tea Party.

The First Continental Congress was a group of 56 delegates from 12 colonies (all except Georgia) who met in Philadelphia in September of 1774. They came together to act in response to the Intolerable Acts. They met in secret because they didn't want Great Britain to know that they were united.

The Intolerable Acts were a series of laws sponsored by British Prime Minister Lord North and enacted in 1774 in response to the Boston Tea Party.

These Acts were the harshest so far of all the Acts passed by Parliament. The closing of Boston's port alone would cost the colony a ton of money. The Regulating Act was aimed at stopping revolutionary activities. The Quartering Act angered colonists who didn't want soldiers in their houses. And the Quebec Act was a direct insult to Americans, who had been denied the same sorts of rights that the Quebec residents now got.

Sugar ActColonists were forced to pay a tax on all sugar products. This was ordered by the British government to pay for the French and Indian War which ended in 1763.


Stamp Act


Tea Act and Boston Tea Party



Intolerable Acts

1st Continental Congress


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