Road To The American Revolution

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  • Proclamation Line
  • No settling across this line.
  • Indian Reserve Beyond Here
  • Townshend Acts
  • We have to tax more things to prevent imperial expenses!
  • Boston Massacre
  • October 7, 1763, King George III announced that any colonial settlement west of the Appalachian Mountains was forbidden. He did this to appease the Native Americans from the French and Indian war and to prevent further issues between the colonists and Native Americans.
  • Boston Tea Party
  • The Townshend Acts, introduced by Charles Townshend in 1767, put taxes on many materials imported into the colonies such as paint, tea, and paper. It was created in an attempt to cut imperial expenses, but instead angered colonists in America. They believed it was a blatant abuse of power.
  • Common Sense
  • The Boston Massacre (May 5, 1770) started off with patriots jeering and throwing objects at British soldiers. They did this as a protest of their occupation in the colonies to enforce taxation measures. After more soldiers joined them, one of the guards eventually shot at one of the patriots. More soldiers started shooting and soon enough five patriots were dead.
  • Declaration of Independence
  • December 16, 1773, Samuel Adams and The Sons of Liberty decided to board ships that were importing tea and dump all of the tea off the ships in Boston Harbor. This was an act of resistance to the Tea Act and to the tax on tea. Other colonies already had refused tea shipments, but since Boston wouldn't, they decided to take matters into their own hands.
  • January 10th, 1776, Common Sense by Thomas Paine was published. The 49 page pamphlet influenced over 500,000 people. The pamphlet advocated for the independence of the United States. He went as far to compare the "New World" to an asylum.
  • As the Revolutionary War finally took off, a bigger divide grew between people who desired independence and who didn't. After a heated debate among the Continental Congress, a five man committee was appointed to create a draft of a statement justifying America's independence. It was written on July 4th 1776, and became the Declaration of Independence. 
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