Before the Revolutionary War

Before the Revolutionary War

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  • French and Indian War
  • Stamp Act
  • Wait...I have to get playing cards stamped?
  • You sure do!
  • Hey! Where's the stamp on those?
  • Boston Massacre
  • The French and Indian War was a battle between England, France, and Spain for North American territory, even though it was already settled on by Native Americans. Soon, England and France were the only two countries still fighting for the land, materials, and trade routes. In 1763, The Treaty of Paris was signed, ending the war with a British victory. This is important because it left the British in debt and that would be taken out on the colonists and start the Revolutionary War.
  • Boston Tea Party
  • The Stamp Act was a tax on paper in the colonies. Every single piece of paper, even playing cards, had to be stamped to be legally used. The colonists weren't as angry about the having to pay taxes than about that fact that they didn't have a seat in the parliament, hence the phrase, "No taxation without representation." The Stamp Act was the first way England used the colonies to pay off their debt.
  • Coercive Acts
  • What? No harbor, no money. No money, no paying for your tea!
  • The Boston Massacre occurred on March 5th, 1770. A mob of angry colonists were rioting English taxes when British soldiers fired into the crowd and killed five people. Even though only five people were killed, the Boston Massacre is important because the death of Crispus Attucks happend here, and his death is considered the first of the war.
  • Lexington and Concord
  • Since the British East India Company (England's main tea company) was financially suffering, the Tea Act was placed on the colonies. The colonists, of course, weren't happy that the English were taxing them, (again) so they dressed up as Mohawk Indians and dumped 342 crates of the tea into the Boston harbor, known as the Boston Tea Party. This is one of the colonists' major riots and resembles their resilience and the lengths they'll go to to show how that they would not tolerate unfair treatment.
  • As a result in the colonists throwing the tea into the harbor, the British passed the Coercive Acts, also known as the Intolerable Acts, to punish Boston. They included the Boston Port Act which was where the port was closed until all of the lost tea was paid for. The problem with that was that Boston made money by importing things into the harbor so by closing the harbor they couldn't pay for the lost tea. In response to this, the first Continental Congress meets.
  • HARBOR CLOSED Until you pay for all that tea
  • In Lexington, 700 British troops met 77 militiamen, they fought and left eight militiamen dead, nine militiamen wounded, and only one redcoat wounded. Then the British troops marched to Concord even though much of it was evacuated and proceeded to burn it. After a while, 2,000 militiamen came and forced the British to flee, leaving behind their belongings. After some more fighting, the British found safety. Around 250 redcoats and 90 colonists were wounded. This proved how strong they were and led to the Revolutionary War the next summer.
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