All colonists are banned from settling past the Appalachian Mountains.
This is not fair!
Declaratory Act 1766
I say we can make any law we want!
And the colonists can't have any say in what we do. We will have absolute power!
The Boston Massacre 1770
The Proclamation Line is where the British banned colonists to settle west of the Appalachian Mountains. This is important because it was the first of many things that caused the American Revolution.
The Tea Act/Boston Tea Party 1773
This is what you get for forcing us to pay taxes!
The Declaratory Act was when the Parliament said that it can make any law it wants and has all power. This is important because now the colonists have no say and can't do anything about it.
The Intolerable Acts 1774
The Colonists must be punished for dumping our tea off the ships!
Yes. We'll close Boston Harbor and end Town Meetings.
The Boston Massacre in 1770 was a violent fight between the colonists and the British soldiers. The British shot unarmed colonists, killing five. This is important because it is known as the first five casualties between the British and colonists. This also caused more protests from colonists.
The First Continental Congress 1774
What do you think we should do about these ridiculous acts the Parliament keeps passing?
The British decided to lower prices on tea, but the colonists were still forced to pay taxes, which hurt colonial trade. This was called the Tea Act, which got the colonists so mad that a group called the Sons of Liberty dressed up as Native Americans to dump tea off the British ships. This is important because the amount of tea dumped was roughly worth 1 million dollars. This also caused the colonists to be punished.
The Intolerable Acts (also known as the Coercive Acts), was the British's way of punishing the colonists for the Boston Tea Party. The Intolerable Acts closed Boston Harbor, ended town meetings, restricted the Mass legislature, gave a new governor, and passed the Quartering Acts. The Quartering Acts meant troops could be housed in colonial buildings. This is important because it made the colonies come together for the first time.
We should pass Quartering Acts too.
We'll restrict Mass legislature and find a new governor.
In 1774, the First Continental Congress was when 12 of the colonies were troubled with the relationship with Great Britain, so they agreed to meet in Philadelphia to discuss what to do about the acts passed by the Parliament. Although they argued about what to do, they decided to write the Declaration of Rights to the King of Great Britain. This is important because it's the first time the colonies came together.