Growing Tensions Between the Colonists and Britain
The Quartering Act
The Stamp Act
*Places stamp* Why do I have to pay for a stamp just to send a letter to my dad?
By: Cristina Martin
The Boston Massacre
The British left thousands of soldiers in the colonies to protect the colonists from the Native Americans. However, because of the Quartering Act, colonists had to provide homes for the soldiers and treat them well, which the colonists did not enjoy.
The Boston Tea Party
Drop the tea into the water!
British leaders thought the colonists should pay for the troops protecting them, so they made the colonists pay to put a stamp on every single piece of writing created, which wasn't appreciated by the colonists. The colonists were also very angry because of the fact that they had no say in the law.
The Intolerable Acts
In 1770, the colonists were very angry about the British soldiers living in their towns and cities. They thought the soldiers were rowdy and rude, and the soldiers also took jobs from the colonists. The colonists eventually got so angry that they got in a group one night and started harassing a soldier. Eight soldiers came over. One soldier thought he was told to fire, so he shot into the crowd. After a few moments, five people were dead or dying and six were wounded.
After the Boston Massacre, all taxes were repealed, other than the tax on tea. The colonists enjoyed tea, but the refused to purchase it. Eventually, a group of colonists dressed as Native Americans dumped 90,000 pounds of tea into the ocean on December 16, 1773.
After the Tea Party, Parliament passed tons of harsh laws called the Intolerable Acts. The Boston Port Act didn't allow ships to leave or enter the Boston Harbor until all of the lost tea was paid for. Because of the Act, some colonists were afraid that the Boston colonists would starve, and many lost their jobs.