Causes of the Revolution

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  • Britain imposed taxes on the colonies and the colonists decided to rebel and protest by saying speeches and creating signs.
  • NO SUGAR ACT!
  • In 1765, the Sons of Liberty met in a tavern called "The Green Dragon" where they would organize acts to protest. The Founders were John Hancock and Samuel Adams.
  • On March 5, 1770, the Boston Massacre occurred. British soldiers were sent to Boston as the colonists protested. They fired and killed 3 immediately. Soldiers were removed to prevent further conflict.
  • In 1773, the tea act was placed, which reduced tax on English tea; still unfair to tax without representations. So, colonists boycotted and formed the Boston tea party. They dumped British tea in the Boston Harbor.
  • The Boston Harbor was closed until Boston paid, so Benjamin Franklin tried one last effort to connect allegiance to King George by a petition (Olive Branch), but was rejected.
  • The Battles of Lexington and Concord: At Lexington a shot was fired; resulting in the British to fire. Then the British marched to concord and destroyed ammunition.
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