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The Road to Independence Timeline
⟶ Updated 15 Sep 2017 ⟶
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The Massacre of 5 colonists by the British Troops. The culmination of tension in the American colonies, that had been growing since the British came to Massachusetts.
These were acts that imposed duties (taxes) on glass, lead, paints, paper, and tea imported into the colonies. The colonists saw this as an abuse of power and caused the Boston Tea Party and the Americans to limit their imports from England.
A political protest that was led by the Sons of Liberty, which included dumping the cargo (tea) off of 3 British ships. This happened in retaliation to the high taxes on tea. This was one of the first major acts of defiance by the Sons of Liberty that overstepped their boundaries.
A meeting of 56 delegates from all of the colonies except Georgia, in Philadelphia to discuss the Coercive/ Intolerable Acts imposed by the British government on the colonies in response to them rebelling to the new taxes. It is the first time the colonies gathered together to unite against the British.
These laws were passed by British Parliament on March 24th, 1774. These harsh laws were put in place as a punishment for the destruction caused by the Boston Tea Party. The first act passed was the Boston Port Bill, where they closed the Boston Harbor until the people of Boston paid for the tea that they threw into the harbor.
This war was the start of the American Revolutionary. The British troops marched from Boston to Concord and ultimately lost.
Was drafted on July 5th, 1775, and was submitted to King George III on July 8th. This was an attempt to assert the rights of the colonists while maintaining their loyalty to the British crown.
It advocated independence for the colonies from Britain. This was a major cause to the revolution because it united important political leaders and average citizens.
A meeting of the delegates after the revolutionary war had started where they declared their independence from Britain as a united front. After 5 years, the congress ratified the first national constitution that would be used for 8 years as the government, until our current constitution replaced it.
Thomas Jefferson, John Adams and Benjamin Franklin created a formal statement of the colonies. The Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence a date celebrated as the birth of American independence. It declared independence from England.
Boston Massacre - March 5, 1770
Townshend Acts - June 29, 1767
Boston Tea Party - December 16, 1773
First Continental Congress - Sep. 5, 1774 to Oct. 26, 1774
Intolerable Acts - March 24, 1774
Battle of Lexington and Concord - April 19, 1775
Olive Branch Petition - July 5, 1775
Common Sense - Jan. 10, 1776
Second Continental Congress - July 4, 1776
Declaration of Independence - July 4, 1776
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