Colonial Unrest

Colonial Unrest

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  • Proclamation of 1763
  • The Proclamation of 1763 decrees that no one is permitted to cross into the new land...
  • Stamp Act
  • Merchants are upset at the Stamp Act because it costs them more money.
  • Boston Massacre
  • The first time Britain showed the colonists they didn't care about their wants was the Proclamation of 1763. Despite having helped win the Seven-Year War, the colonists were not allowed to explore the new land.
  • Boston Tea Party
  • The British Parliament passed the Stamp Act. They were only allowed to buy paper goods from Britain, and all paper goods were taxed. The colonists were upset about the taxation without representation.
  • Intolerable Acts
  • But-
  • ...there isn't anything we can do, now that the Parliament's refused us town meetings. 
  • Several British soldiers were stationed outside the place where collected taxes were stored. Boston colonists were upset that they didn't have a say on taxes, so they began to throw rocks at the soldiers. This resulted in a fight, with five people dead.
  • Lexington and Concord
  • The Tea Act was passed in 1773, and the colonists of Boston had had enough taxation without representation. They ambushed dozens of ships full of boxes of tea. They pushed millions of dollars worth of tea into the Boston Harbor.
  • As punishment for the Boston Tea Party, King George III closed the Boston Harbor, and forbade town meetings. The colonists of Boston were furious and insulted that their basic rights to govern themselves had been trampled on.
  •  I know. They've all but forbidden us from living.
  • British troops were sent to find supposed colonial weapon stockpiles in Lexington and Concord.  They marched in, and enraged colonists were there. Volleys of bullets were fired. A total of 335 were wounded and killed.
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