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Road to the Revolution Project





The Intolerable Act of 1774 was established by the British Parliament due to the incident of illegal dumping of tea overboard by the Massachusetts Colonists into the Boston Harbor called the Boston Tea Party. This Act closed the Boston Harbor making it illegal for people to enter or exit.

Intolerable Acts

Boston Tea Party


The Committees of Cirrespondence were formed because of the deteriorating relationship with Great Britain. This was the American Colonist first way of communicating with each other. In 1764 Boston made the first Committee of Correspondence, writing to the other colonies supporting their disapproval to Britains recent customs enforcement and forbidding American paper money.

Committees of Correspondence

The Battle of Lexington an Concord

Continental Congress

The Colonistis wanted to send a message to Parliament that they could not ignore. The Colonist wanted independance from the British and their unfair taxes, so when three boats of tea arrived into Boston's Harbor, about 200 demonstrators known as the Sons of Liberty dressed in Indian costumes boarded the ships and dumped all the tea overboard.

On April 18, 1775, hundreds of British Troops marched from Boston to Concord to seige a group of men that were armed. Paul Revere sounded the alarms which began the movement of the militiamen toward the Redcoats. This is what started the battles of Lexington and Concord on April 19, 1775, starting the Revolutionary War between Great Britain and the thirteen American Colonies. Soon after the fight started, the British retreated under intense fire. After that many battles were soon to come. By 1783 the colonist finally won their independance.

The First Continental Congress served as the Government of the thirteen American Colonies. On September 5, 1774, 56 representatives from the twelve of the thirteen colonies met in Philladelphia, Pennsylvania to try to get British help with native American problems. They took the ideas of Sons of Liberty and put them into action. In 1775, after the Revolutionary War, the Second Continental Congress was formed. In 1776 they declared America's independance from Britain. Five years later they created the first National Constitution.

On December 31, 1775,during the Revolutionary War, General Benedict Arnold, General Richard Motgomery, and their troops rendezvous at the city of Quebec and demanded that the British General Guy Carleton, the governor of Quebec to surrender the city. He rejected their demands, so therefore, the Americans tried to capture the city of Quebec. Montgomery was killed in the first wave and after several more attempts at defeating Quebec's defenses, his men were forced to retreat. The Battle of Quebec was the first major defeat of the Revolutionary War for the Americans.

Battle of Quebec


"Patriot Commander at Lexington: We'll stand by our orders, but if they mean to have a war, let it begin here."Gen. Gage: [to his officers] You see those campfires, gentlemen? Yesterday we ruled over Boston. Tonight we are beseiged in it. And still they come from every village and farm. Tonight 10,000. Tomorrow perhaps twice 10,000. We've experienced more than a defeat, more than a mere misfortune of war. We have been vanquished by an idea, a belief in human rights.

"Ship Captain: [During the Tea Party] Isn't it odd? These Indians seem to prefer principles to profits." Samuel Adams: [speaking at the Old South church] This meeting can do nothing more, to save the country!



Road to The Revolution Project

"The Observer is out every Thursday and the papers are delivered o the Boston subscribers on that day."

"As yet only the British men of war had arrived. But the transports were on the sea.

"Sam and John Adams were standing and the other members were crowding aroundabout them, shacking hands with them, wishing them success at the Continental Congressin Philadelphia."

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