Growing tensions between Britain and the colonists
The Quartering Act
The Stamp Act
The British were fighting France and Spain for land, but Britain had huge debts from the war. They decided to tax the colonists to pay them off. The colonists did not like these new laws.
The Boston Massacre
British soldiers were sent over to the the colonies the keep the colonists safe. Then, the British passed The Quartering Act. This meant the colonists had to provide soldiers with shelter, food and transportation.
The Boston Tea Party
Britain passed a law to collect money to pay off the debts from the French and Indian war called The Stamp Act. The colonist did not buy anymore, just making stuff on their own. Britain repealed the law because they couldn't force the colonist to pay.
The Intolerable Acts
The colonists gathered in the streets, taunting and throwing rocks at the soldiers. One of the soldiers misheard an order and they shot at the crowd, killing five people.
The British passed The Tea Act, which only let the colonists buy tea from Britain. The colonists got on a tea ship and tossed 90,000 pounds of tea into the ocean.
Britain made laws so harsh that the colonist refused to accept them. The Boston Port Act closed the Boston harbors, so trade ships could not come and go. Leaders from 12 of the colonies wrote The Continental Congress.
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