American Revolution part 1

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  • By the mid-1700s new Enlightenment ideas had spread as far as North America. These ideas inspired Great Britain’s colonists to seek independence and make a new nation based on the ideals of the Enlightenment.
  • INDEPENDECE
  • Trouble erupted when Britain began to assert its right to impose laws on the colonies.
  • We should be independent
  • These new laws are ridiculous
  • They're not fair!
  • The French and Indian war was extremely expensive for Britain. Britain decided to make the colonies pay part of the cost in the form of new taxes. In 1765 Parliament passed The Stamp Act, which required colonists to pay a tax for an official stamp on all newspapers, legal documents, and other public papers.
  • STAMP ACT
  • In 1776, Parliament repealed the Stamp Act because colonial leaders called for a boycott on English goods.
  • So do we all agree to not buy any English goods?
  • The British, in 1767, imposed a new series of taxes on glass, paper, paints, and tea. Furious merchants in Boston, Massachusetts called for another boycott of English goods. The British sent in troops to keep order in the city.
  • Father, can we get some tea?
  • No son, its too expensive!
  • Bostonians harassed the troops on the street constantly.
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