1763

February 10:The treaty of Paris ends the French and Indian War. After the war the British continued to fight Indian rebellions.

October 7: The Proclamation is signed forbidding settlement west of the Appalachian Mountains. That area was to be set aside and governed as Indian territory.

1764

April5: Greenville acts pass parliament. This was a lot of acts passed to raise revenue to pay for the French and Indian War. Te most important one was the sugar act, this put takes on items such as sugar,coffee,textiles,tea.

April 9th: The currency act was passed which prohibited the colonies from issuing legal tender paper money

May 24:Boston town meeting protesting, James Otis first discuss the complaints of taxation without representation and wants the colonies to unite.

1765

March22: The stamp act passes parliament. It was the first direct tax on the colonies. Helped pay for British military stationed in America. This required you to have tax stamps on many items like playing cards, newspapers, and marriage liscence.

Colonist tried to fight back by imposing non-important agreements. The sons of liberty took the law into their own hands, enforcing those "agreements" by taking tax collectors and covering them in tar and feathers.

1767

Townshend acts, these taxes were imposed to hale make the colonial officials independent of the colonists. Smugglers increased their activities to avoid the tax leading to more troops in Boston.

1770

The colonist and British soldiers openly clashed in Boston. This was used as an example of British cruelty.

1773

Tea Act: To assist the failing British Company, the company was given a monopoly to trade tea in America.

Boston tea Party: A group of colonist dressed like Indians dumped Tea overboard from three tips in the Boston Harbor.

1774

Intolerable acts: These were passed in response to the Boston Tea Party and put restrictions on the colonist. Including outlawing town meeting and closing the Boston Harbor.

First Continental Congress: In response to the intolerable acts, 12 of the colonies met in Philadelphia from September-October,1774. One of the main result of this was the creation of The Association calling for a boycott of British goods.

1775

Lexington and Concord: IN April, British troops were order to go to Lexington and Concord to seize stores of colonial gunpowder and to capture Samuel Adams and John Hancock. At Lexington a conflict started and 8 American were killed. At Concord, the British troops were forced to retreat with the loss of 70 men. This was the first instance of open warfare.

Second Continental Congress: All 13 colonies were represented at this meeting in Philadelphia beginning in May. The colonist still hoped that their injustice would be met by King George the 3rd. He was named head of the Continental Army.

Bunker Hill: This major victory for the Colonist resulted in George 3rd proclaiming the colonies in rebellion.

Olive branch Petition: 2nd continental congress sent King George 3rd a petition to return the peace of the past. He refuses the petition and urges the rebellion put down.

American Revolution

In the end, the American Revolution grew out of increasing restrictions placed upon the colonies by the British. Only one-third of the colonists were in favor of rebellion. One-third continued to side with the British. The last third were concerned about the rebellion and break from Great Britain.

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