History - Road to Revolution

History - Road to Revolution

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  • The French and Indian War
  • Look at all these unpaid bills!
  • War with the French and Indians!
  • This is our land!
  • 1763 Proclamation
  • Thanks Britain for all this American land!
  • Hey! That is our land!
  • The Stamp and Tea Acts
  • Pfft!
  • This tea is so expensive! 
  • So are the stamps we have to have on our papers we print!
  • The British and the colonists fought against the French and American Indians over land and control over North America. The British won in 1763, but the war left them huge debts and they had to find a way to repay them. These debts were the first steps towards the cause of the Revolution.
  • Boston Tea Party
  • No taxation without representation!
  • After the war in 1763, the British took away the land west of the Appalachian Mountains, what was originally promised to be American land, and gave it to the Native Americans so they would not be violent against the British. The colonists got angry and united for the first time against a common enemy. 
  • The Intolerable Acts
  • We are now living here.
  • To repay the huge debt caused by the war, the British taxed the Colonists heavily on stamps for their papers, tea, a universal beverage, and many more in 1765. Many Colonists united together and boycotted British goods. The British finally repealed the Stamp act after some Colonists called the Sons of Liberty spurred street action against British soldiers, sometimes getting violent. 
  • 'Merica!
  • We the people...
  • In order to get the British to repeal the tea tax, the Colonists organized the Boston Tea Party. On December 16, 1773, they all dressed as Native Americans and dumped $4 million worth of tea into the Boston Harbor. The Colonists thought the British would repeal the taxes, but the British Government instead responded with the Intolerable Acts. 
  • Repeal the taxes! No taxation without representation!
  • On June 2nd, 1774, the British government passed a series of acts called the Intolerable Acts. A few of the new rules on the Colonists include, but not limited to, the Quartering Act, which made the Colonists house and care for British soldiers. There was also the Boston Port Act, which closed a major port in the Colonies, therefore ruining many Colonists' financial life. Almost all the Colonists wanted a change.
  • Noooo! My shipping  business is  ruined!
  • On September 1774, the Continental Congress met for the first time to discuss Britain's unfairness over the Colonies. That was the first official government meeting of the Colonies. Soon after, on April 19, 1775, The Shot Heard Around the World was fired, and the Revolutionary War began. After that, on July 4th, 1776, the Colonies declared independence and officially became the United States of America!
  • God bless America!
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