British Parliament places taxes on a wide range of transactions in the colonies to recoup massive debt after the French and Indian War.
Boston Tea Party
Colonists were further angered by a tax on imported British goods. This lead to a boycott that heightened tensions and caused Britain to deploy troops in the colonies.
Lexington and Concord
A scuffle between 7 british troops and an angry mob lead to the shooting and death of 3 colonistst. The event was sensationalized and became a propoganda tool for the colonists.
Declaration of Independence
Britain repealed some Townshend Acts and replaced it with the Tea Act, a tax on imported tea from Britain. A group of American rebels, named the Sons of Liberty, responded by dumping imported tea into the harbor.
The "shot heard around the world" at Lexington and Concord marked the beginning of the Revolutionary War against the British.
The Second Continental. Congress met in Philadelphia to adopt the Declaration of Independence, which would later be accepted by Britain after their defeat in the war.