At least we have peace and quiet in our territory. Those colonists won't be expanding here any time soon.
I hate the Proclamation of 1763. I want to find a good place to call home.
Extra, extra! Read all about it! Get your British newspapers here! Buy a stamp for every newspaper you buy!
No one likes this act! We'll never buy your papers! You, British Parliament, have violated our rights as British subjects!
The French and Indian War (The Seven Years' War) was a war between the French, the Indians, and the British. The main reason for the cause of the war was land. The British wanted to expand west for their plantations while the French went south to expand and trade with their allies, the Indians. The French refused to give up their land in the Ohio Valley when the British asked them for it. This led up to the war between the French and Indians, and the British. The British won the war, but faced large debt for supplying the soldiers. The British have more territory in 1763 than the French had in 1754!
Run! The British soldiers are shooting us! Don't look back!
Fire! The colonists are trying to hurt us! Fire! Fire!
The Proclamation of 1763 was a line that separates the Indians (west) and the colonists (east). The line is located west of the crest of the Appalachian Mountains. It was issued by Britain because they were afraid that the Indians and the colonists would try and kill each other after the war. This made the colonists upset since they want to expand their territory and plantations. Also, some settlers were already across the line since the Proclamation of 1763 was announced and made which also made the colonists even more upset about it.
I thrown 4 tea boxes in the ocean so far!
At least we are disguise as Indians. There is no way the British will know that we are the colonists.
The Stamp Act was passed by the British Parliament in 1765. The Stamp Act was a law that required the colonists to buy a stamp for every piece of paper they used such as newspapers and licenses. The purpose of this act is to impose taxes on the colonists in order to repay their large debt from the French and Indian War. However, the colonists were upset of the Stamp Act because they felt that Britain violated their rights as British subjects. Eventually, the Stamp Act was repealed 1766 by the British Parliament after months of protests from the colonists.
Let's make a document called the Declaration of Rights to tell King George III of our problems and what he needs to fix!
I'm not a Virginian, but an American!
But the colonists are preparing for war, anyways. However, some people are either Patriots, Loyalists, or neutral.
On March 5, 1770, a protest occurred between a mob of colonists and a squad of British soldiers in Boston. The colonists threw rocks at the British soldiers and began walking closer to them. The British soldiers had no choice, but began shooting the colonists with their guns for self-defense. One soldiers got knocked to the ground by a rock. The colonists ran from the British soldiers after they fired their guns. The 5 poor, innocent colonists died in the incident from the British soldiers. News and outrage spread throughout the colonies. This event is known as the Boston Massacre.
The Boston Tea Party occurred on December 16, 1773. 192 people participated in the Boston Tea Party on the 3 British ships. They dumped 90,000 pounds of tea into the ocean in 3 hours. The damage of the tea would cost, in today's money, about $1,000,000. This was a political protest led by Sam Adams and the Sons of Liberty. The Sons of Liberty was a secret organization that was founded by Samuel Adams. it was to advance the rights of the European colonists and to fight taxation against the British government. This made Britain very angry while the colonists were happy about the Boston Tea Party.
The First Continental Congress was a meeting of delegates from twelve, except Georgia, of the Thirteen Colonies who met in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania from September 5, 1774 to October 26, 1774. They wrote the Declaration of Rights to King George III about their problems and what they want to be fixed. The colonists continued to boycott, or refuse to buy, British goods and the colonists prepared for war, anyways. However, King George III didn't listen to them. People chose a side to being a Patriot, a Loyalist, or a neutral. Eventually, these conflicts between the British and the colonists led to the Revolutionary War.