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  • Parliamentary Acts and Proclamations: 1763-1774
  • Boston Tea Party, 1773
  • The Boston Massacre: 1770
  • Lexington and Concord: 1775
  • From 1763 to 1774, the British Parliament passed tax after tax and act after act restricting the colonists from doing things like settling in the ORV and forced a tea monopoly on them.
  • The Continental Congress Meet Again: 1775
  • On March 5th, 1770, a group of protesters started attacking stationed British soldiers.  What ensued was a shooting that led to the deaths of 5 civilians and 10 more injured.
  • The Battle of Saratoga: 1777
  • In the Spring of 1775, British General Gage was told by a spy that the colonists had a supply of weapons in nearby Concord.  He sent an army of troops to destroy them.When the British reached the city of Lexington, they defeated a small group of patriots.  When they got to Concord, they burnt the few supplies they found.  This angered the colonists who sent them running back to Boston, fired on by minutemen the whole  way.
  • The Yorktown Trap: 1781
  • After the Battle of Lexington and Concord, the Continental Congress met for a second time to discuss who will lead their troops.  George Washington was voted in unanimously.  They also had a petition known as the 'Olive Branch Petition' to rejoin Britain, but King George would not look at it.
  • After chasing Washington and his troops through the countryside, General John Burgoyne and him finally meet up in Saratoga Springs.  After every wave he sends fails, Burgoyne finally gives up and admits defeat.
  • After losing the Carolinas to guerrilla fighters, General Cornwallis moves his troops to Yorktown, Virginia.  Little did he know, he was falling into a trap planned by the French and the Americans.  The French were to blockade the seas around the city while George Washington and his troops stormed the city.  They took them by surprise and ended the fighting once and for all.
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