Events Leading to War

Events Leading to War

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  • The French and Indian War
  • Honestly, we don't have it that bad. We haven't really had to pay taxes before this.
  • The Quartering Act
  • How could they force us to house and feed these troops without our consent?
  • Britain could have at least asked us first.
  • The Stamp Act
  • That's right, they just passed it. Pay up.
  • What do you mean I must pay a tax on these documents and playing cards?
  • I'm okay with paying, but Britain did it without our consent, again...
  • After the English win the war against the Indians with the help of the colonists, Britain is low on funds and decide to start taxing the colonists because they said the war was to help protect the colonist (even though it wasn't).
  • The Boston Massacre
  • The Quartering Act was where Britain forced colonists to house and provide troops with fuel, candles, beer, and transportation. This was also done without consent of the colonists.
  • The Boston Tea Party
  • The Stamp Act was a tax passed by British Parliament that stated that colonists had to pay a tax on every piece of printed paper they used. They did this to regain money lost during the French and Indian War.
  • Lexington and Concord
  • On March 5, 1770, a mob of colonists decided to start throwing snowballs at the troops as a form of harassment. It quickly escalated and by the end of it, five colonists had been killed. The troops were taken out of Boston by demand of the colonists.
  • The English government put The Tea Act into place, which lowered the price of tea, but the colonists still knew it was a way Britain was trying to control them. British ships were raided by the Sons of Liberty (dressed as Indians) and approx. $1.7 million (in today's money) was thrown from the ships in the form of tea.
  • With the aim to seize Samuel Adams, John Hancock, and the weapons the colonists were hiding, English Soldiers (redocoats) went on their way. Coloniel minutemen met them in Lexington where eight minutemen were shot and ten were wounded. When on their way back Boston, minutemen attacked from behind trees. There were 273 British casualties and less than 100 for the colonists.
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