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Events leading up to the Declaration of Independence

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  • The Stamp Act was an act, enforced by the king, that forced the colonists to pay tax on everything with a stamp on it. It was issued in 1765 to help raise funding for Great Britain to rebuild their economy after the French and Indian War.
  • The Stamp Act was passed in Great Britain without the colonists consent, so the news traveled from Britain to the colonists, and when they found out they were, needless to say, not pleased.
  • The colonists were extremely upset by the Stamp Act
  • The Boston Massacre occurred in 1770 as a result of the Stamp Act and the build of of disturbances caused by the British. A colonist threw a snowball with rocks in it at a British soldier and as a result 5 colonists were shot and killed by the British.
  • The colonists took the massacre as fuel to their fire and found even more reason to fight the British, so they dressed up as Indians and dumped thousands of pounds of tea into the harbor.
  • And thus, the people of the New World gathered a list of grievances (contributed by Samuel Adams) and made a Declaration (by Thomas Jefferson) and signed it, the Declaration of Independence.
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