Independence in theWestern Hemisphere 1750-1820
American Revolution Over 3,000 miles away from their home country of Britain, the 13 colonies made many of their own decisions about government.
Britain’s Reaction to the Colonies Britain didn’t like that the 13 colonies were gaining control, so they began taxing goods that the colonists needed in order to live in the new world. The taxation of tea caused a really big uproar in the 13 colonies. This uproar was known as “The Boston Tea Party”
Causes of Revolution The American Revolution begins due to differences over taxes between Britain and the 13 original colonies. Click picture for video
The Declaration ofIndependence July 4, 1776, representati ves from the 13 colonies approved the Declaration of Independence. All people should be free to enjoy “Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness”
Sensory Figures Create a sensory figure for a Patriot and a British soldier
The First Pioneers Pioneers, or people who first settle a new place, pushed west beyond the Mississippi River into the Louisiana Territory. This territory was owned by the French.
The Louisiana Purchase Napoleon Bonaparte wanted to sell all of the Louisiana Territory. He killed the king of France and was fighting in a war with Great Britain and needed money for the war. In April 1803, the United States agreed to pay $15 million for the territory.
Lewis and Clark Led a group into the Louisiana Territory. They found that it covered over 828,000 square miles. The United States paid less than 3 cents an acre for the huge territory. We now pay over $10,000 for an acre of land.