Towards Revolution and Independence
• 1754-1756 American colonist join British
against French and their Indian allies for
control of western territories.
• Proclamation of 1763 prohibited colonist from
settling in western territories. It angered
colonist because they felt their victories in the
war had earned them the new lands.
• 1764-1768 British acts including Sugar act and
Stamp Act impose levis on import or sale of
goods by the colonist.
• 1770 Boston Massacre occurs when a mob
protesting British occupation is met with
force. The result was the death of several
colonists and growing support for rebellion.
• 1773 The Tea Act was an attempt by the
British to help the East India Company. It gave
a virtual monopoly to the company and
undermined local sellers.
• In December of that year colonist protested
the Tea Act by boarding British ships and
dumping cargo of tea into the harbor.
• 1774-1775 Intolerable Acts included boarding
British soldiers and appointing government
positions in Massachusetts.
• First Continental Congress meets. It did not
advocate independence but only sought to
rights the wrongs the colonies had endured.
• 1775 March - Patrick Henry writes “Give Me
Liberty or Give Me Death”
• April,18- Paul Revere’s ride
• Apri,19- Battle of Lexington
• May,10- Second Continental Congress
convenes and creates The Continental Army
and appoint George Washington its leader.
• June 17- Battle of Bunker Hill ends in Colonist
• 1776 January 15-”Common Sense” by Thomas
Paine is published.
• July 4,1776 Congress adopts The Declaration
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