Road to the American Revolution

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Road to the American Revolution

Road to the American Revolution





The Intolerable Acts and the Continental CongressThe Intolerable Acts followed the Boston Tea Party. Under these acts, Boston lost its governing and judicial powers, and the other colonies responded by boycotting British goods. Delegates from the colonies gathered to discuss their actions in response to the Intolerable Acts. The Minute Men began to gather independently to be ready in the event of war threats.

The Townshend ActsThese were a series of taxtions declared by Parliament on lead, paint, paper, tea and glass. Great Britain wanted to alleiviate the financial situation in the colonies, as well as express their power over the colonies. It caused political unrest in the colonies, which caused Parliment to increase the presence of the military in the colonies. The

The Battle of Lexington and ConcordThe British troops stationed in Boston sought to capture the colonists' weapons that were being stored in Concord, MA. Paul Revere and SO AND SO alerted the Minute Men that the British soldiers were on the move. The Minute Men confronted the British troops on Lexington Green, and the "shot heard 'round the world" began the fighting that would continue until 1781.

Boston Massacre and Repeal of the Townshend ActsDue to the military presence and tension between the soldiers and colonists, a crowd of colonists taunted a group of soldiers by throwing snowballs. After a soldier was hit, he fired his musket, that caused a skirmish that resulted in civilian fatalities. The Townshend Acts were later repealed, however the tax on tea remained.


The Stamp ActThe Stamp Act was issued by Parliament, placing a tax on all legal papers, newspapers and other papers. This particular act caused an outrage among the colonists as it was declared without the colonists' consent, leading to the famous saying, "No taxation without representation." In late 1765 during the Stamp Act Congress, it was deemed unconstitutional by the colonisists.

The Tea Act and the Boston Tea PartyThe tea act was actually not a tax on tea, but a way for Parliament to help the failing East India Company. The act allowed for direct sale of tea by British merchants at a bargain price. This angered the colonists and lead directly to the Boston Tea Party on December 16. The Sons of Liberty dressed as Mohawk Indians and they boarded the British ships and dumped £9,000 of tea into the harbor.



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