Events That Led to the American Revolution

Events That Led to the American Revolution

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  • Salutary Neglect
  • I so glad the British left us to do our thing.
  • I know, we are doing well without their influence.
  • French and Indian War
  • Stamp Act
  • That's an additional one dollar for the mandatory stamp.
  • Salutary Neglect was from 1720 to 1763 in which England allowed the colonists to self govern themselves in hopes that they would become more profitable. The colonists found out they could successfully rule themselves and began to enjoy some independence from Britain. This would later cause problems when Salutary Neglect ended.
  • Boston Massacre
  • Britain began to refocus on its colonies during the French and Indian War from 1754 to 1763. In this war, the British were fighting to gain some French colonies. The result of the war was England gained a huge financial debt, Canada, and all land east of the Mississippi River.
  • Boston Tea Party
  • To solve the debt caused by the French and Indian War, the British, in 1764, started taxing the colonists. The most unpopular was the Stamp Act that made everyone buy an additional stamp with every paper they bought. This angered many colonists who just wanted Salutary Neglect to continue. Because of this act, the colonists created the Committee of Correspondence and the Sons of Liberty.
  • The Intolerable Acts
  • Please, I'm innocent!
  • As tensions raised between the colonists and the British, some of the colonists decided, on March 5, 1770, to form a mob and harass the British Redcoats. This ended in the Redcoats firing on the mob which killed five people. This was the first major act of violence between the British and the colonists.
  • With the British creating another tax, the Tea Act of 1773, the colonist got even more frustrated. Some of the members of the Sons of Liberty decided to rebel this act by dumping 18,000 pounds of British tea leaves in the Boston Harbor.
  • This will show the British we will not stand for these taxes.
  • The British did not appreciate the Boston Tea Party, so in response, they created the Intolerable Acts in 1774. These forced colonists to house British soldiers, closed down the Boston Harbor, made all criminals have their trial in Britain, and made Massachusetts into a royal colony. These Acts united the colonies against the British and was the last conflict before the Revolutionary War.
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