To repay their debt, the British taxed the colonies for goods such as molasses, newspapers, almanacs, playing cards, and dice. These acts were called the Sugar Act and the Stamp Act.
The Stamp and Sugar Acts
They don't look too happy.
Congratulations! You will now be taxed to compensate for England's immense amount of debt!
The Boston Massacre
During a colonial protest, a group of British soldiers were startled. They fired into the crowd, killing five. This was called the Boston Massacre.
The Battles of Lexington and Concord
The British passed the Tea Act, hoping that the colonists would calm down due to the lower tea costs. However they were still being taxed without representation, so the colonists continued to protest.
Okay, Okay! We'll only tax you on tea. Are you happy now?
The Tea Act
To continue the protest, colonists dressed as Natives, boarded a British ship, and threw what would roughly be today $4,000,000 dollars worth of tea into the harbor. This was called the Boston Tea Party.
Boston Harbor a teapot tonight!
The Intolerable Acts
In response to the Boston Tea Party, England passed a series of harsh laws that were justly named the Intolerable Acts. The colonists were not happy, but soon they would be furious.
From now on, you savages will be held in check. The British can apparently no longer trust its own countrymen!
Soon, the colonies put together a militia. The British, trying to rout this new development, met the militia at Lexington. No one knows who, but someone fired a shot at the colonists. They fought. The British won and continued on to Concord, but they were met by a 300 man outfit that made them retreat. This is considered the beginning of the American Revolution.