The Proclamation of 1763, the American colonist had just finish fighting the French and Indian war. King George III made an announcement that the colonists could not go past the Appalachian Mountains. This proclamation angered the colonists since they also helped helped fight for the land!
The Boston Massacre
The Stamp Act of 1765, was imposed a tax on all American colonists. It required them to pay a tax on every piece of printed paper they used. It was the first attempt by the British government to tax the colonists.
The Tea Act and Boston Tea Party
In 1767, after the Stamp Act was repealed, a man named Charles Townshend imposed an indirect tax on items such as glass, paper and tea. He hoped that the colonists would not notice the price increase. When the colonist went to buy these items, they were upset with the tax included in the price.
In fall of 1770, violence was against officers in Boston. Britain dispatched 1,000 troops, but after being harassed by the colonists, the British troops fired into the crowd, killing three, and wounding six people in Boston.
In 1773, the colonists were very angry and protested. King George was also angry and this caused the British East India company to lose a lot of money. Only the British East India company could sell tea to the colonists.
In 1774, some British leaders thought that the acts might push colonists to the edge, but King George was sure that they would put colonists back under British control.