causes of the American Revolution

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  • Stamp Act
  • Pay up!
  • Sugar Act
  • Tea Act
  • No one will buy my tea thanks to those darn British and there tea monopoly! How am I to make a living like this!
  • The Stamp Act was passed by Parliament in 1765. The Stamp act made colonist purchase tax stamps for all paper goods such as newspapers, wills, licenses, ect... This infuriated the colonists causing boycotts across thev colonies. The delegates from each colony wrote a petition to address the unfair taxation. Thankfully in 1766 the act was repealed.
  • The Boston Massacre 
  • In 1764 the British created the Sugar act. It placed import taxes on goods shipped into the colonies such as sugar, coffee, wine, ect... Colonial merchants who traded smuggled products rebelled and protested because the act also had new harsh punishments for smugglers.
  • The Boston Tea Party
  • In 1773 the Tea Act lowered the prices of tea dramatically causing a monopoly in the British Eat India Company. Also the Prim Minister of England declared tea could be ent directly into the colonies. This cuased the colonial merchants to go out of business selling smuggled tea from the Dutch.
  • Important People
  • Patirck Henry
  • Thomas Paine
  • On March 5, 1770 the Boston Massacre took place. The British and the colonists got into a huge fight causing five deaths. After, the soldiers went on trial charged with manslaughter All except two were proven inosint with a charge of self-defence. In result, Samuel Adams created a commity of corespondence to inform colonist of British behavior.
  • The Sons of Liberty (a group of colonists) organized a sabotage at the Boston Harbor costing one millon dollars. On December 16, 1773 the organization dressed as Native Americans and threw all 342 cases of tea into the harbor. This atrocious behavior was all in protest to the Tea Act and in response the British created the Intolerable Acts
  • Patrick Henry was a member of the House of Burgesses who said "No taxation without reprensentation". This quote meant the British can't tax us without the colonists approval. Thomas Paine was a political philosopher who had a very famouse work, "common sense". Benjamin Franklin was an inventor, scientist, and statesman who created a drawing of a snake stating "join or die". This was addressed to the colonists meaning join the fight or you might as well be dead.
  • Benjamin Franklin 
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