Timline to the American Revolution

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Timline to the American Revolution




Timeline to the American Revolution

The Proclamation of 1763 It all starts with French building forts to claim their land back. But Virginia also claimed this. Form the Virginia militia George Washington gathered an army and allies to defeat the French party. Washington was then told to surrender and tell Virginia governor that French will never give up Ohio River Valley. War had soon broken in you either “Join in or Die”. At the end of the French Indian War Pontiac gather’s his Naïve American army and attacks British forts. British wanted to avoid future conflicts with the Native Americans on the Frontier. The war had left some effects such as France loosing its North American possessions, Britain is left with a large debt, colonists develop sense of unity, colonists begin settling in the Ohio River Valley, and Native Americans resist colonists settling in the Ohio River Valley. King George III stated that all areas west of the Appalachian Divide was off limits to all colonial settlers accept the ones who had a license for trading. Because the proclamation was said to be temporary, colonists and ministers ignored and showed that it was impossible for British to enforce the law. Later the act was repealed.

Sugar ActApril 5, 1764 was one of the dates where parliament decides to raise revenue without the colonists consult. Government had put a three-cent tax on foreign processed sugar and put higher import tax on non-British textiles, coffee, molasses, and indigo. Strong actions were taken towards this such as colonists started to boycott English products and started to smuggle the goods in. This hurt the British merchants and Parliament because they weren’t making the money they needed. Later Parliament finally listened up to the protesters and repealed the act.

Quartering Act 1765In 1765 British soldiers needed a place to live. To save money government had created the idea to come up with the Quartering Act. This act was for colonists to house, feed, and supply the soldiers with whatever they needed. There were 10,000 soldiers that had to house. Not all could live in the colonist’s houses so government got permission for them to live in barns, buildings, and other open places. Colonists felt that their rights were being violated because they did not have a say in any of this.


Stamp Act 1765Parliament got impatient of how slow revenue was going. So in January 1765 Parliament called for the Stamp Act. This had put a tax on all paper products such as newspapers, contracts, documents, wills, licenses, insurance policies, and land titles, and playing cards. Colonists soon reacted and would not allow this to go on for long. Protesters had gone widespread. Virginia’s House of Burgesses passed revolutions declaring, “that it alone had the right to tax the people of Virginia”. Patrick Henry a member from the House of Burgesses had made a speech attacking the law. He had said, “I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty or death!’’ “If this be treason, make the most of it.” Merchants form New York, Boston, and Philadelphia had organized a boycott for British goods. Later people met for the Stamp Act Congress they had sent a petition demanding to end the Stamp Act. In 1766 the protests had worked, Parliament had repealed the Stamp Act. "I can stomach some of the Tories, men like Governor Huthinson. They honestly think we're better off to take anything from the British Parliament - let them break us down, stamp in our faces, take all we've got by taxes, and never protest." (page 82'83)

Declaratory Act March 18, 1766Soon after the Stamp Act was repealed Parliament had had introduced the Declaratory Act. Because they kept repealing acts they needed to take control back. With this act Parliament had complete authority over the colonies. This act would be the main ting to come back to if Britain has further trouble between her colonies.

Townshend Act Townshend Act was an act passed in 1767 saying that Britain wouldn’t tax products inside the colonies, but tax products brought into the colonies. Charles Townshend proposed the act and the Parliament liked it so they named the act after him. It was perfect because the parliament was lacking money due to the French Indian war yet they wanted the colonists to remain loyal to them, so they wanted to tax the colonists without them knowing. But nevertheless the colonists were able to see past the act and know that the Parliament was violating their rights. Lots of colonists got furious and held a huge boycott.



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