All your paper, dice, and cards will be taxed from now on!
No taxation without representation!!!
The Seven Years War was fought between England and France to claim American territories, the most important of which was the Ohio River Valley. The Valley offered access to the Mississippi River and was very important for the fur trade. This war resulted in the British government signing the Royal Proclamation which led to the Battle of Lexington and Concord, and ultimately, to the American Revolution.
The Royal Proclamation of 1763 prohibited colonists from owning land past the Appalachian Mountains. It infuriated many colonists because they were not allowed to live on lands that they had already purchased. This proclamation planted the first seed of revolutionary thoughts in the 13 colonies' soil.
Boston Tea Party
The Stamp Act of 1765 was the first internal act on the colonists from the British government. This law required that every piece of parchment, a pack of playing cards, newspaper, and even dice had to have a British stamp on it. This requirement was a form of taxation. The stamps didn't cost much, but the colonists were upset because they did not have their own representative in the British Parliament which had made this law.
Coercive Acts or the Intolerable Acts
You are required to let me stay in your home!
We are closing down this harbor!
I am immune to all prosecution in America! Hehe!
On March 5, 1770, local colonists had gathered to demonstrate their displeasure about the taxes that the British Parliament had recently imposed on them. The mob of colonist advanced toward a group of soldiers and taunted them to shoot. When one frightened soldier shot his musket, others followed, ventually killing 5 people. Crispus Attucks, one of the people killed that night, is considered the first casualty of the American Revolution.
The Tea Act had mandated colonists to buy tea exclusively from the British East India Company, instead of from other merchants like the Dutch. On the night of December 16, 1773, a group called the Sons of Liberty disguised themselves as Native Americans and threw 92,000 pounds of British tea into the Boston Harbor. This event is called the Boston Tea Party, one of the most famous acts of disobedience leading up to the American Revolution.
No taxation without representation!
I'm coming to help!
As a reaction to the Boston Tea Party, the British established the more oppressive Coercive Acts, which were nicknamed the Intolerable Acts. They required colonists to quarter soldiers in their own homes, closed the Boston Harbor until the money lost from the Tea Party was compensated, and made British officials immune to criminal prosecution in America.