Causes of the revolution

Causes of the revolution

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  • The Stamp Act of 1765
  • This is taxed
  • The Sugar Act of 1764
  • Foreign, Taxed Goods
  • The Quartering Act of 1765
  • Why must they stay with me!
  • After the Seven Years War, England was indebt and decided to accrue money through tax acts. One of these acts came in the Fall of 1765 and was the Stamp Act which placed taxes on all paper goods in the colonies. The colonists were upset and so made a congress of elected officials who met to form a rebellion against Britain. This was known as the stamp act congress. 
  • The Boston Massacre of 1770
  • The Sugar Act of 1764 was an act which placed taxes on foreign goods. Some goods taxed in this act included sugar, certain wines, coffee, pimiento, cambric and printed calico, lumber and iron. The colonists were unhappy with this because it made key products more expensive and it limited colonists ability to trade with foreign countries for profit. 
  • The Boston Tea Party of 1773
  • We Will Not Pay!
  • The Quartering Act of 1765 was an act that forced colonists to create barracks to house English soldiers. When the barracks could not house all of the soldiers, the colonists were forced to house them in their homes, stores, or other buildings. The colonists were unhappy with this because to make the barracks they needed to use a lot of money and most colonists lost a lot of privacy.
  • Important People
  • Give me Liberty, or Give me Death!
  • The Boston Massacre of 1770 was a rebellion of colonists against the recent taxes imposed on the colonists. The colonists started by throwing snowballs at the building were the English soldiers were meeting. After some time the English got fed up and went outside of the building. The colonists continued to protest and the English soldiers gave up asking. The protest ended up with five killed and three injured.
  • The Boston Tea Party was a protest of "taxation without representation". The act was organized by the Sons of Liberty and led by Adams.During the night the men involved disguised as Indians and dumped about 350 crates of tea into the water. The protest resulted in an agreement that colonists wouldn't pay taxes on tea or let English tea be sold in the colonies.
  • Many important people were in involved with these acts. One of these people was Patrick Henry who fought for liberty and fair treatment without taxes for the colonists. Patrick even used a quote in most of his speeches that read "No taxation without representation." Thomas Jefferson was another important person he was a gifted writer and wrote the Declaration of Independence. He wrote to England about why the colonists wanted freedom. Thomas Paine was another talented writer and he wrote two pamphlets including "Common Sense" which inspired most patriots to fight for freedom.
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