Road to the revolution

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  • By not enforcing its laws, Britain allowed the colonists to get used to running their own affairs. The British Parliament became determined to enforce the new sugar act of 1764. When the British hardened the law, the colonists resented it. 
  • Although resented, the Sugar Act tax was hidden in the cost of import duties, and most colonists had to accept it. The Stamp Act, however, was a direct tax on the colonists and led to an uproar in America over an issue that was to be a major cause of the Revolution.
  • The French and Indian War began in 1754 and ended with the Treaty of Paris in 1763. The war provided Great Britain enormous amounts of territory in North America, but disputes over subsequent frontier policy and paying the war's expenses led to colonial discontent, and ultimately to the American Revolution.
  • The Boston Massacre is considered by many historians to be the first battle of the Revolutionary War. The fatal incident happened on March 5 of 1770. The massacre resulted in the death of five colonists. In all the Americans in Boston made it clear that the British soldiers were not needed. This is another reason the American revolution happened.
  • The Boston Tea Party was the key-event for the Revolutionary War. With this act, the colonists started the violent part of the revolution. It was the first try of the colonists, to rebel with violence against their own government.Then the government passed taxes on lead, paint, paper and tea. Another reason leading to the American Revolution
  • On October 7, 1763, King George III issued a proclamation that forbade colonial settlement west of the Appalachian Mountains. In so doing, he hoped to placate Native Americans who had sided against him during the recently concluded Seven Years' War
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