Events Leading to the Revolutionary War

Events Leading to the Revolutionary War

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  • Our first event is the French and Indian war. This war was fought between England and France. Britain came out on top, and got more land from France by the Treaty of Paris.  Britain spent too much money on this war, and they had no money after. This led to future taxes on the colonies. 
  • Our second event leading to the revolution was the Stamp Act. The Stamp Act was passed by parliament in 1765, and taxed on all printed goods. This sent colonists into protests. Parliament repealed the Stamp Act in 1766 after Samuel Adams showed that the act violated the colonists rights. 
  • "I am a patriot. This act is unfair, and we must protest because this is against our rights". 
  • "I am a Loyalist. This act is fair because we have to pay England, Britain's broke!"
  • The Boston Massacre was when Bostonian's were protesting at soldiers, throwing clubs, rocks, and ice. The soldiers were dared to fire. After being struck by a club, a soldier fell and accidentally shot, causing more shooting and five deaths. . This led to a court trial.  The Boston Massacre spread fury among people throughout the colonies.
  • The tea party was when a tax on tea was not repealed. This made colonists mad, so they snuck onto a boat full of tea and dumped every single box into the ocean. They did this so Britain wouldn't make money off of the colonists This caused controversy, and King George was not happy about it. 
  • The first continental congress was when people from all across the colonies met in Philadelphia. They decided to send a peaceful letter to King George, showing all that was wrong in the colonies. This was also when Patrick Henry said, "I am not a Virginian, I am an American".
  • I am a loyalist. This is wrong, We must support the King because he is great and has helped us plenty before. 
  • We are Patriots. This is right. King George has caused us too much pain. We must become free, must become America.
  • This event, the Battle Of Concord, took place after a battle in Lexington, that was lost by the militia. A militia was an army built by regular people, making it hard to fight against the worlds most trained army. After Lexington, more militias gathered together in Concord, and beat the British. They chased them back home, shooting whenever they saw a redcoat. The militia came out winning.
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