Growing Tensions Between the Colonists and Britain
The Quartering Act
Why are all three of you in our house?
It's the Quartering Act. Give us a bed to sleep on, food to eat, and warm clothing. NOW!
The Stamp Act
By: Ava Bond
The Boston Massacre
The British government left thousands of soldiers in the colonies to protect the colonists after the French and Indian War. The British were afraid that the Native Americans or the Spanish settlers might attack the colonists. The colonists were angry about the Quartering Act.
The Boston Tea Party
After fighting the French and Indian War, Britain needed money to pay its debts. British leaders thought that the colonists should help pay for the troops who were protecting them. The colonists were even angrier because they had no say in any laws.
The Intolerable Acts
Why do you keep putting more laws on us without us having a say in the law?
We are making the laws because of the Boston Tea Party.
In 1770, the colonists were still angry that the British soldiers were living in their town and cities. The colonists were upset when soldiers took there jobs away from them by working for low pay in their spare time. One soldier thought that he heard the command "Fire!" and the soldier shot his gun. Within moments, five people lay dead or dying.
After the Boston Massacre, the British government repealed all the unpopular taxes on the colonists except the tax on tea. The Tea Act said that the British East Indian Company was the only company that could sell tea to the colonies. The colonists loved tea, but many of them refused to buy it from Britain.
After the Boston Tea Party, Parliament decided to punish the colonists by passing several new laws. One law, the Boston Port Act, closed Boston Harbor. Trade ships were forbidden to enter or leave the harbor until the lost tea was paid for. The angry delegates agreed to fight the Boston Port Act and other Intolerable Acts.