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Events leading to the American Revolution
5 Oct 2017
Sugar Act (1764) Also known as the American Revenue Act, the sugar in the colonies was taxed and the molasses tax was decreased. (Repealed in 1766)
Currency Act (1764) The British ban on printing colonial money in order to alleviate British creditors' fears of being payed in the depreciated currency of the colonists
Stamp Act (1765) This law required certain printed materials including newspapers in America be on paper produced in Brittan and stamped with a revenue stamp.
Quartering Act (1765) Colonists were required to provide food and shelter to British soldiers against their will.
Townsend Acts (1767) Levied taxes on colonial imports of glass, lead, paint, paper, and tea. Vice admiralty courts were also re-organized at Halifax, Boston, Philadelphia, and Charleston.
Declaratory Act (1766) After putting the stamp act to rest, parliament passed this law in order to maintain an image of having control over the colonies. This law states that Parliament had the full right to make all laws for colonists.
Boston Massacre (1770) A mob surrounds a detached British infantry unit in Boston, and taunts and jeers at them, eventually threatening their lives. In retaliation, the British soldiers fire a volley off into the crowd. 5 colonists were killed.
Tea Act (1773) Designed to aid the floundering East India Company and in fact made tea cheaper. It was an effort to garner support for previous taxes (Gave East India Company a monopoly on tea)
Boston Tea Party (1773) Sixteen men dressed as Mohawk Indians board three ships in Boston Harbor, carrying mainly tea, and dump their contents in the Harbor
Intolerable Acts (1774) acts instituted by the British as punishment for the Boston Tea Party; closed Boston Harbor until debt could be repaid, dissolved all town meetings in MA, and appointed British as all government officials
First Continental Congress (1774) Declaration of American Rights, urged MA to arm for defense, adopted the Continental Association to boycott British goods
Paul Revere Rides (1775) Alerted the colonists that the British were coming before Lexington and Concord.
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