Road to Revolution

Road to Revolution

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  • Sugar Act (1764)
  •  They lowered the useless tax and restricted smuggling!
  • Stamp Act  (1765)
  • Let's form the Sons of Liberty to protest!
  • Declaration of Rights and Grievances (1765)
  • We deserve a say in what laws are being made for us!
  • Britain was suffering from people smuggling molasses so. the parlimaent passed the Sugar Act of 1764. This reduced the tax of molasses (heavily used for rum) from six pence to three pence a gallon, but instead restricted smuggling by enforcing it. Colonists were annoyed, but didn't do much about it. However, this set the stage for unfair taxation policies that colonists got reacted to in the future.
  • Townshend Acts  (1767)
  • We don't need the British goods! Buy clothes from the Daughters of Liberty to protest against the Townshend Acts!
  • Stamp Act of 1765 required colonists to purchase special stamped paper in order to use virtually any paper-based goods. Because of this, Samuel Adams founded Sons of Liberty and protested by harassing workers, agents, and governors.
  • Boston Massacre (1770)
  • Samuel Adams
  • Following Samuel Adams, 9 colonies gathered up and created the Stamp Act Congress. Then, they issued the Declaration of Rights and Grievances, which stated that the Parliament doesn't have the power to create taxes if the colonies were not represented. This was the first time the colonies started working together.
  • Tea Act & Boston Tea Party  (1773)
  • The Townshend Acts put taxes on goods that were essential for the colonies, such as glass and lead. The British thought that the colonists wouldn't rebel because the goods are essential. The colonists protested by boycotting British goods. Women established the Daughters of Liberty and made homemade clothes. They also stopped importing British goods and following their fashion.
  • The British enforced the Townshend Acts and stationed troops in Boston to make sure the taxes were being collected. The Boston citizens harassed British soldiers as a rebellion, and the troops at one point shot at the citizens, killing 5 people including Crispus Attucks (the first to die). Samuel Adams named this the Boston Massacre for killing innocent citizens.
  • Crispus Attucks
  • The Tea Act removed taxes on everything other than tea and allowed only the East Indies Company to be a monopoly so that it wouldn't go bankrupt. This angered colonial merchants who lost their tea business. So, they dressed up as Indians and dumped 15,000 pounds of tea into the sea of Boston Harbor. 
  • Dump the tea! Dump it all!
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