Declaring Independence

Declaring Independence

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  • While the colonies under British rule, they created many acts/laws which drove the colonists crazy. On the other hand, the British thought they were helping them out, when the colonists thought the opposite. Some of the acts/laws that were made were the Quartering Act, the Intolerable Acts, and the Stamp Act.
  • Chapter 10 Creating Tensions Between the Colonists and the British 
  • Another thing the  British did to create tension was called the Quartering Act.  The Quartering Act was  when the British called over soldiers from England to protect the colonists from the Native Americans.  The  Native Americans never tried to harm the colonists, so the soldiers were basically useless. They  were forced by British law to house, clothe, and feed the soldiers. The colonists were furious because they worked their butts off to earn everything they had, and now they were being forced to give it away. 
  • The Quartering Act
  • During the times of the Intolerable Acts, the British were progressively losing their money, so they couldn't pay the soldiers whom they thought they needed. That's where the British decided to make the colonists pitch in, so they created something called the Stamp Act. The Stamp Act pretty much stated that every time the colonists bought a piece  of paper, they had to pay the extra money to get a stamp that approved they were following the law. Over time, the colonists started to find shortcuts so they didn't have to follow this law, which they thought was ridiculous. This was something else that created tension between the British and the colonists. 
  • The Stamp Act
  • The Boston Massacre occurred on March 5, 1770. This all started with a snowball fight with the colonists and the British soldiers. Since the soldiers thought somebody yelled fire, so they started to shoot. People normally misunderstand the word 'massacre', as a mass killing in a short amount of time, but it actually means when people are getting killed when they don't have any way of defending their self and they are unarmed. During this event, only six people were killed. 
  • The Boston Massacre
  • The Boston Tea Party
  • The Boston Tea Party was a time when the colonists strongly disliked the British. Because of this,  the British  closed down all tea companies because the colonists loved tea, and they were only allowed to buy  from the   British East India  Company. Colonists refused to buy it, so  a group of men dressed up as  Native Americans and threw in 90,000 pounds of loose tea into the Boston Harbor. 
  • The name 'The Intolerable Acts' was given by the American Patriots who thought these acts/laws were 'intolerable'. The British passed these laws/acts as a punishment for the Boston Tea Party. There were five acts given; the Boston Port Act, Massachusetts Government Act, Administration of Justice act, the Quartering Act, and the Quebec Act. 
  • The Intolerable Acts
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