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  • In the aftermath of the French and Indian War (1754-1763), Great Britain solidified its dominance in North America and sought to administer the colonies more directly as opposed to the self-rule colonists had become accustomed.
  • We won and now we don't have to worry about our neighbors anymore!
  • Then why should Great Britain have so much administrative control over us?
  • In order to pay the debt incurred from the French and Indian War, King George III imposed a direct tax on the Colonies with the Stamp Act on April 5, 1765 to generate revenue for Great Britain.
  • And this is beneficial to us how...?!
  • December 16, 1773, The Boston Tea Party- In a political protest to taxation without representation in British Parliament, a group of protesters reacted to the imposed Tea Act by destroying an entire shipment of tea. Great Britain responded with the Intolerable Acts as punishment to the offending colony. The movement for independence grew significantly as a result.
  • They can't do this! We are Englishmen, we have rights!
  • Sept. 5-Oct. 26, 1774- First Continental Congress Convenes in response to Great Britain's Intolerable Acts. Delegates wrote a petition to King George III containing a declaration of rights and grievances. An economic boycott of British goods was enacted and a second meeting of congress scheduled to plan further responses to the British if the Intolerable Acts were not repealed.
  • On April 19, 1775 the American Revolution begins with the Battles of Lexington and Concord,
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  • May 10, 1775: The Second Continental Congress convenes and becomes the government of the Colonies tasked with administering the war effort. July 4, 1775: Congress officially adopts the Declaration of Independence. 
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