Causes of the American Revolution
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.