Samuel Adams and 2 Boston colonists protest The Stamp Act in 1765. The Stamp Act charged a tax on printed goods, such as pamphlets, advertisements, and newspapers. They boycotted The Stamp Act by refusing to buy British goods. In 1766, the act was repealed. However, in 1767, the Townshend Act charged taxes on goods such as paints, glass, and tea. This would be the act that leads up to the Boston Tea Party.
Adams warns the British Governor after British soldiers opened fire on a group of people in Boston, Massachusetts, 1770. He warned the British Governor that the US army was ready to attack the British. Five people were killed in what is now known as the Boston Massacre. Sam was part of the House of Representatives during this. John Adams, Sam Adams cousin, believed in staying a part of Britain, and defended the British in court, and that made Sam angry and it changed their relationship drastically.
The Sons of Liberty, including John Hancock who was a member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives alongside Samuel Adams, sneak aboard 3 ships in the Boston Harbor at night and dump the tea back into the Harbor. Adams and Hancock were close friends and Hancock used his wealth to help Adams organize the Boston Tea Party.
Thomas Jefferson, John Hancock, and Samuel Adams sign the Declaration of Independence in 1776. This was the document that stated that America wanted freedom from the British. It helped gain freedom from the British and made The United States of America what it is today.