Easy! We could just tax the colonists for everything.
The Quartering Act
I shall sleep in this room.
The Stamp Act
You're gonna have to pay for a stamp for those playing cards.
In the 1700's, Colonists enjoyed being a part of Britain, and they liked the British King. Then in mid 1750's, the French and Indian War took place. The war left Britain with huge debts that they had to pay off. To solve this problem, the Parliament passed some new laws called acts to save and earn money. According to the colonists, these new acts were unfair. They started to protest saying that taxation without representation was a violation.
The Boston Massacre
You stink red coats!!
The first act passed by the Parliament was the Quartering Act. The Quartering Act allowed soldiers to stay in colonists' houses just like a hotel. The Colonists thought this was unfair because they didn't get any money for housing, feeding, and transporting soldiers that weren't even nice to them. The colonists hated this act so much, that they started being mean to the soldiers that kept mooching off them.
The Boston Tea Party
British East India Company you can take your tea and shove it!
Even after the Quartering Act, Britain still needed more money to pay off the debts. That's why the Parliament passed the Stamp Act. The Stamp Act made colonists pay tax for a lot of everyday things. This made the colonists furious. This new law made the colonists so mad that they would protest in the streets and even sometimes attack the tax collectors in the colonists' homes. Also, the colonists wouldn't buy British goods. The King noticed that the colonists refused to pay tax so he repealed the law, making the colonists very happy.
The Intolerable Acts
You shall be punished for all the tea you wasted!
The relationship between the soldiers and the colonists was getting worse and worse, especially in Boston. The colonists were purposely very mean to the soldiers and they called them lobster backs because of their red coats. On March 5, 1770, it happened. It was a dark and cold night, about 9:00. Soldiers were being surrounded by angry colonists. The colonists were insulting the redcoats and were throwing snow balls at them. The soldiers heard the signal, Fire! The soldiers shot their guns at the colonists-five were dead, six were injured-.
Don't mind if I do.
In 1773, Parliament passed another act called the Tea Act. The Tea Act forced colonists to only buy tea from Britain. This angered the colonists so much, that on December 16, 1773, men dressed up as Native Americans and boarded tea ships in Boston Harbor. They dumped 90,000 pounds of loose tea into the Boston Harbor. This incident was known as the Boston Tea Party.
After the Boston Tea Party, Britain punished the colonists by passing new laws that were so harsh the colonists called them the Intolerable Acts. One was called the Boston Port Act which closed the Boston Harbor until the tea was paid for. Many workers lost their jobs and some colonists were afraid that some of the colonists in Boston would starve. The Intolerable Acts lead to the meeting of the first Continental Congress.