Early 1700's- The Enlightment at its core was the idea of questioning traditional institutions like government and religion, and a strong belief in nationality and science.
1764- A revenue-raising act passed by the parliament of Great Britain on April 5, 1764. The tax incidents increased the colonists' concerns about the intent of the British Parliament and helped the growing movement (American Revolution).
Boston Tea Party
1765-Required all legal documents permits, commercial contracts, almanacs, newspapers, wills, pamphlets, and playing cards in the American colonies to carry a tax stamp.
Declaration of Independence
1770- An incident that led to the deaths of five civilians at the hands of British troops on March 5, 1770. A tense situation between soldiers and civilans and eventually led to troops.
1773- On December 16, 1773 a group of colonists boarded the ships and destroyed the tea by throwing it into the Boston Harbor.
1776- A statement adopted by the US Congress on July 4, 1776. Which announced that the American colonies then at war with Great Britain were now independent states, and thus no longer a part of the British Empire.