In 1764, a law was passed by the British to raise duties on refined sugar imported by the colonies. This was made to give sugar growers an advantage on the colonial market. Parliament received many letters from angry colonists in response to the sugar act. Their anger was outrageous!
This is not fair! So unjust! We shouldn't have to pay for something that we didn't agree on!
On March 22, 1765, the British Parliament passed a new law, The Stamp Act. This required colonists to pay to stamp every piece of paper they legally wanted to use. This included every deck of cards, newspaper, document, basically every type of paper you can think of.
I have to buy this stuff, and then I have to pay to use it!?
Forget deep breaths, how am I supposed to stay calm, when this is happening???
On March 5th, 1770, The Boston Massacre took place. While colonists threw snowballs, stones, and sticks at soldiers, daring them to shoot, they were getting angrier. Finally, they got so mad that they started shooting and killed several colonists.
What have you done to my father!?
We gave them a warning! They didn't listen. We had no other choice!
On December 16, 1773, The Boston Tea Party occurred. On this day, colonists dressed up as Mohawk Indians, and dumped 342 crates of tea into the harbor. They did this to protest against the tea act and taxation of tea. This took place on three different ships in the Boston Harbor.
No taxation with out representation!! Wahoooo!!!!!
On June 2, 1774, in came the Quartering Act. This act made it legal for British Soldiers to demand that they spend the night at any American colonist's house or barrack. The owner of the house couldn't argue, they just had to let the soldier in.
Stupid Quartering act
How nice of you to let me stay here! I'll take the nicest suite available! And you can't say no! How I love my life these days!
The Declaration of Independence was issued on July 4, 1776. It gave every colony independence, saying that all men are created equal, and all have basic human rights. This formed the structure of our beliefs in what role government plays in life today.
All men are to be treated equal, with basic human rights! It's what every man deserves!
Finally, it's about time someone says it! Thank you sir!