Events Leading to War

Events Leading to War

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  • Five of our fellow colonists are dead because you decided to pull out your guns!
  • The Boston Massacre
  • You  started it!
  • You kept on harassing us so we stood up for ourselves and fought back against you ignorant colonists!
  • The Quartering Act
  • I don't want to share!
  • You, Maid, must give me a comfortable bed and a scrumptious supper.
  • This is ridiculous! I am not consenting to have YOU, this random stranger, in the household that I and my husband work very hard for!
  • The Boston Tea Party
  • It's a job well done you guys. This king won't have his tea now!
  • In the Boston Massacre, a mob colonists decided to go harass British troops. The soldiers didn't want to put up with them any longer, so they open-fired on all of the colonists. Only five colonists died, though some were wounded as well. Afterward, in order to have their forgiveness, Britain met the colonists demands that were made after the "massacre." The reason why colonists called it the Boston Massacre is because they wanted to draw attention to what happened that day.  
  • The Intolerable Acts
  • I'm terribly sorry, but this port of Boston is now officially closed. No further  ships  shall enter or leave. 
  • The colonists did not consent with the Quartering Act that was put into place. The Quartering Act gave British soldiers the right to come into colonists homes, and sleep in their beds, eat their food, were paid for by the colonists in which house they were staying in, and not to mention that the colonists had to also pay for their transportation.
  • Lexington and Concord
  • The colonists British king had just enacted the Tea Act, which put taxes on tea. Great Britain was trying to have more control over the colonists once again, so some few colonists retaliated, for some colonists didn't want to be British anymore, but American. So this group of men that were colonists, got onto one of the tea ships, dressed up like native americans, dumped out all of the king's tea into the ocean. These colonists were very careful that it was only the tea they dumped out. 
  • Townshend Act
  • Who does the king think he is?! He does rule us but the least he could do would be to consult us colonists first!
  • The Coercive Acts, or better known as the Intolerable Acts, was Great Britain reacting to the Boston Tea Party. So Great Britain closed the Boston port for ships, they closed the Massachusetts government system, they fired up Sam Adams by doing this, and other colonies decided that it would be best to back up Massachusetts. 
  • So in 1775, the British figured out that the colonists had hidden weapons within the colonies, so they conspired that they would take some retaliative leaders, such as Sam Adams and John Hancock. So the British went over to the colonies and it is unknown  about who fired first, but either way, eight colonists died, but the colonists ended up giving Britain, though they were outnumbered, 273 casualties as they ran off to their ships.
  • So Great Britain thought that they could tax some everyday items that colonists needed, such as glass, paint, oil, lead, paper, and tea. They made this the Townshend Act, and although it was a small tax, the prices went up a little bit, and even decreased the price of tea, the colonists were very upset with Great Britain when they noticed something different and found out.
  • Consult us first before raising taxes on glass, paper, tea, lead, and paints!
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