Road to the American Revolution

Updated: 10/22/2020
Road to the American Revolution

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  • 1. The Navigation Acts
  • Why can't we set sail already? We're not even bothering you!
  • Orders are orders, you only trade with Britain.
  • 2. The Stamp Act
  • You were left one thousand dollars from your deceased uncle, but there's no stamp so the money is ours.
  • No!!!!
  • 3. The Quartering Act
  • Feed me, find me a place to sleep, and I better not get mad
  • Mommy why is he stealing?
  • The Navigation Acts were a series of rules that restricted colonial trading and output with everyone but the British. The British employed this act in order to enforce mercantilism so they could increase their wealth. However, this would also decrease the number of opportunities the colonists would have in order to gain wealth. This caused the first sparks to fly between the colonists and Great Britain.
  • 4. The Boston Massacre
  • I said "There is a fire", not fire you moron
  • But how will we make decisions in these hard times?
  • The Stamp Acts were a series of taxes that taxed paper products such as wills, certificates, and even playing cards. The British made these taxes to help pay off the debt from the French and Indian War. However, this tax was placed without the colonists permission. The colonies wanted representation in the Parliament so they could also make decisions. However, the British felt that they did not need to get permission from the colonists because they ruled over them.
  • 5. The Intolerable Acts
  • Your meetings are prohibited
  • Closed
  • The Quartering Act was a rule that allowed British forces to reside in any household they wanted. The colonists would have to feed them and give them room to sleep without any payment from the British. Yet again, this was passed without permission. Not only did the colonists want representation, but they felt that it was unfair that the British could send troops to the colonists, but they would also have to pay for it. The British thought it was fine because they were protecting them, and that it would be too expensive to make housing for the British.
  • 6. The 2nd Continental Congress
  • We can still ask for one more chance. If they give us freedom, no soldiers have to die
  • We need to fight as much as possible without going past the tipping point
  • A group of colonists were harassing a soldier and were throwing snow and stones at him. It was a form of protest that told them to leave and go back to their country. Soon, more soldiers came to protect the harassed soldier. While this was happening, there was a fire. One man yelled "Fire!" and the British mistook this as a command and shot the colonists. This turned into propaganda stating that the British purposely fired. With that, the tensions between the colonists and Great Britain was at it's tipping point.
  • You brutally murdered him!
  • After the Tea Act was passed, a group of colonists dressed as Natives dumped a bunch of tea into the ocean. The British was infuriated and as a result, they passed the Intolerable Act. This did many things such as strengthen the Quartering Act, dissolve the elected council of Boston and replaced it with an appointed one, strengthened the military power, and closed the harbor until the money for the tea was paid. The colonists believed that based on how Britain was treating them, the only choice for freedom was separation.
  • I will be ruling you in the name of the king
  • The 2nd Continental Congress was a group of 13 delegates from each colony to unite the colonies for the American Revolution. Their goal was to make the British take back it's rules while also doing their best to swear allegiance to the crown. They were willing to be loyal to the British if they were more fair, or else they would fight for separation.
  • We can't wait, we need to separate or we'll never get freedom.