We helped England fight the war and this is how they repay us? We have a right to that land
The king has ordered that you cannot expand west past the Appalachian Mountains.
The Quartering Act 1765
The king probably sent these soldiers to control us, rather than protect us
We even have to house them.
The Townshend Act 1767
England is taxing us again without letting us vote.
Our freedom is being threatened
Taxes have been raised
This was a formal announcement from the king that restricted the colonists from expanding west, past the Appalachian mountains. They were not allowed to settle on land taken from France after the war. Instead, the king returned that land to the Indians to avoid conflict. The colonists felt that they deserved that land since they helped fight and win the war against france.
Boston Massacre 1770
King George III sent thousands of British soldiers to the colonies to reinforce the proclamation and to keep peace. The colonists were told to house and feed the troops. They also had to provide them with transportation and jobs. The colonists felt invaded, and grew suspicious at the true intention of the soldiers.
Boston Tea Party 1773
Dump the tea!
The Townshend Act raised taxes on glass, lead, tea and paper. English merchants paid the tax who then raised prices on colonists. Parliament tried to indirectly tax colonists hoping that it wouldn't be discovered. The colonists eventually recognized the tax and, again, boycotted all British goods.
The Battle ofLexington and Concord 1775
On March, soldiers were stationed in front of the Custom's House on King's Street, where money was collected for England. A large crowd of colonists developed and they started arguing with the soldiers. Chaos broke out and a shot was fired. Five colonists were killed and seven soldiers were tried for murder. The colonists demanded that the king remove the soldiers from Boston.
The Tea Act force colonists to buy tea from England only. The colonists felt angry and threatened of their freedom to buy whatever they wanted. On December 16, protesters raided British ships and dumped a substantial amount of tea into the harbors, while disguised as American Indians. The British government grew angry and decided to severely punish the colonists.
After Parliament rejected the requests made from the First Continental Congress, British troops left Boston on March and marched to Lexington and Concord. They found weapons, and the two of the biggest influencers of New England- Samuel Adams and John Hancock. On April 19, colonial minutemen stood to defend their towns from invasion. A shot was fired and signaled the beginning of the American Revolution.