Road to Revolution

Events Leading up to the Revolutionary War

Intoduction

Freedom is not a gift bestowed upon us by other men,but a right that belongs to us by the laws of God and nature.

~Benjamin Franklin

Boston Massacre

On March 5th 1770 a street riot that broke out between the colonist and the british soldiers, the colonist were mad at everything that had happened up to this point,so the colonist began to throw rocks,snowballs and sticks at the soldiers as a way to let out their frustration out. The soldiers shot fire on the colonist ,5 colonist were killed and others were injured.The soldiers that killed the colonist were arrested and put in jail for murder. After the incident the British soldiers were very unwelcomed in the colonies. This case went on trial because the soldiers said it was self defense,one trial started 8 months after the incident. John Adams was the lawyer for soldiers the soldiers pleaded that they shot at the colonist as self defense.The soldiers were having a tough time finding a lawyer to defend them in the case,but John Adams stepped and because he thought that everyone was entitled to a fair trial. After the 5 colonist were killed they were considered heroes in the colony because they fought for what they believed in,many colonist wanted ways to remember the colonist that died by making memorials.

Boston Tea Party

The Boston tea party was on December 16th 1773.It was like a protest leaded by Samuel Adams against the Mother country because the Mother Country wanted to put a tax on tea. The colonist thought that idea was ridiculous and they would refuse to pay the tax on tea.The group of colonist all agreed that they needed to do something to stop the tea from coming to the colonies. In Charleston, South Carolina colonist unloaded the tea and put it on the dock to rot. In Philadelphia and New york city the colonist blocked the ships carrying the tea from docking. Lastly in Boston over 100 colonist went and dumped all the tea into the Boston harbor,it took around 3 hours to dump all 90,000 lbs (45 ton) to dump in the harbor. Colonies that either dumped the tea on the docks or in the harbor had very bad rioting smells from the tea.After all there was no tax on tea because there was no more tea that could be taxed.
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Boycott

A boycott was a form of protest that the colonist did because the Mother Country wanted to have the stamp act which would of put a tax on anything that is printed so newspaper,mail/letters etc. They put the stamp act in order because Britain needed to pay back items that they used from other countries during the French-Indian war.The colonist were not happy because they would take away their connection from others and there entierement like reading and such. Georgia was the first colony to have a boycott with the stamp act. King George lll was the person to sign the document repelling the act. But this caused conflict between the mother country and the colonies because the Mother Country always wanted be in control but when they signed the document repelling the stamp act it made it seem like the colonies had the power which Britain did not like.
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First Continental Congress

The First Continental Congress meeting was on September 5th 1773 it was a meeting that all the colonies had to come and talk about ways to improve the colonies and the problems the colonies were facing.Each colony had a representative go to the meeting in Philadelphia. Georgia was not involved in the first meeting. The other colonist voted to ban all trade with Britain until the intolerable acts were replaced. Intolerable acts were rules that the colonist had to follow from Britain. Another topic they discussed was that all the colonist should start training troops, although the Georgia was not part of the meeting they agreed to start training troops with the other colonies. There would be a meeting every 7 months to discuss new things. Some important people that were part of the First Continental Congress was George Washington, John Adams, Patrick Henry and Samuel Adams. Britain was not happy about this because that meant the colonies were coming together to be stronger to fight against Britain because the colonist didn't want to be under Britain's control.

Conclusion

All of these events influence the Revolutionary war.For example the Boston Massacre influenced the revolutionary war because the Boston Massacre lead to the Royal Governor which would soon bring armed rebellions to the colonies. The Boston Tea Party influenced the war because it caused conflict between the Mother Country and the colonies because the colonist dumped all the tea in the harbor. The boycott also influenced the war because the Mother Country wanted to be in control but the colonist got Britain to repeal the act. Lastly the First Continental Congress lead to the war because they colonies were training troops to fight against the British soldiers

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