Causes of the American Revolution

Shelby Miller

Proclamation of 1763

The King of England said that the colonist were not allowed to go into the Ohio River Valley to fight, because he didn't want to pay for another war.

Stamp Act of 1765

The King taxed newspaper, licenses, and colonial paper products, the colonist had thought and felt as if their rights had been violated.

Townshend Acts of 1767

The king put taxes on glass, lead, paints, paper, and tea. The colonist thought it took power away from the colonial governments.

The Boston Massacre of 1770

British soldiers fired gunshots into the crowd that is attacking them killing five men. Colonist began a protest.

The Tea Act of 1773

This cat allowed the British East India Company to see tea directly to colonist, but because their tea prices were so low, the merchant and smugglers were afraid that their company would put them out of business.

The Boston Tea Party of 1773

Because of the Tea Act, colonist dressed as Indians and sneaked into the three ships and dumped over 340 crates of tea into the Boston Harbor.

The Intolerable Acts of 1774

The British Prime Minister was angry because Parlament decided to punish Boston. Consequently, he passed the Coercive Acts and colonist called these laws Intolerable acts. The Intolerable Acts consisted of closing the Boston Harbor until Boston payed for all the ruined tea; the Massachusetts chapter was connected therefore the governor chooses if and when the legislature could meet; any royal officials accused of a crime would be sent to Britain for trial to face a friendlier judge; the quartering act was passed which required colonist to house British soldiers.

Lexington and Concord of 1775

British troops arrived at Lexington with minutemen waiting for them. The troops were instructed to not fire unless fired upon. To this day, no one knows who fired first but the beginning shot was heard around the world. At the end of the battle, eight minutemen lay dead and ten were wounded. The British only had one wounded soldier, so they proceeded into Concord. Revere was arrested, but Samuel Prescott warned the people of Concord to hide all of the weapons so British troops were unable to find them. British troops became furious and began to sent buildings on fire. The skilled colonial marksmen of Concord dressed as British soldiers and the British were forced to retreat to Boston, suffering many casualties along the way.