My lord, we are losing control over the colonies! What shall we do?
Die you pathetic Brit!
Don't let them colonize west of the Appalachian mountains! And we should also raise taxes for the warfront!
Sugar, Stamp, and Quartering Acts
Excuse me sir, you're gonna need to pay extra for that, AND I think I want to stay at your house tonight
Conflict between Great Britain and the Colonies first started after the French and Indian war. After the war, colonists wanted to expand west and explore their newly conquered land.
Back in Great Britain, people were starting to question whether or not they actually had power over the Colonists. In fear of not having enough control, Britain decided to pass the Proclamation of 1763 to keep the colonists east of the Appalachian Mountains.
Boston Tea Party
The British needed to raise revenue and the easiest way to do this would be raising taxes. Parliament then passes the Sugar act which set an import tax on sugar, molasses and many other goods. They also passed the Stamp Act that taxed the printing of everything including newspapers, advertisements, playing cards and legal documents. Along with these two acts, Parliament passed the quartering act which allowed troops to stay in colonist's houses
On the evening of March 5, 1770 some 50 or 60 colonists faced British soldiers. The colonists jeered, cursed and threw objects at the British soldiers. A gun accidently went off and consequently the British soldiers opened fire on the Colonists killing 4 and injuring many.
Because England passed the Tea Act (an act that taxed tea) colonists boycotted and decided not to buy tea at all. The Sons of Liberty threatened anyone who tried to import tea and on the night of December 16, 1773, a group of well organized colonists dressed up as indians, boarded 3 tea ships and threw 90,000 pounds of tea in the ocean.
When word got out about the Boston Tea Party, British officials were furious. Because of this parliament decided to pass 4 new laws to punish the colonists, these were called the intolerable acts. The first act closed the port of boston until colonists payed for the destroyed tea. The second was to prevent the Massachusetts colonists from having town meetings, The third allowed royal officials to be tried in England. The fourth ordered colonists to provide food and housing for British soldiers