Causes of the American Revolution
1763 - 1776
The American Revolution is a bunch of events that caused a political fight. Some social causes of the American Revolution are the Boston Massacre and the Boston Tea Party. Some British economic policies that led to the American Revolution are putting taxes on goods and only allowing one type of tea to be sold. Also, the law that the colonists have to house British soldiers if they come to your house. I think the colonists were justified in declaring independence from England because England made the colonists pay for things to pay for their debt or to get more money for England. It made no sense to have them pay and all of the silly rules that they made.
Navigation Acts 1650-1700's
The Navigation Act is an act that limited trade between the thirteen colonies which also guaranteed wealth for England. This act's purpose was to put merchantilism in to action. Some examples of what life was like during the Navigation Acts was where all of the colonists were forced to pay for more expensive sugar. Another example is that the only way that you could trade was through English or colonial ships and all goods had to be shipped inside of the empire. One impact on this act was increasing resentment against the mother country. One of the most significant impacts of the Navigation was stifling colonial manufacturng and also increasing irritation against the mother country.
Proclamation of 1763
The Proclamation of 1763 is a law made by the British. The war before this act was was Ponicac's Rebellion. They would not let the colonists settle anywhere west of the Appalachian Mountains to avoid wars with the Native Americans. King George III set this law. The colonists were very unhappy with the King's rule to not be allowed to settle. They wanted to settle wherever they wanted to and it was their land so they were angry. But that was not the only thing they were angry about. They were angry because they had to live with British soldiers! This made all of the colonists very unhappy.
Stamp Act 1765
The Stamp Act was a rule that all of the colonists had to pay taxes for every piece of paper that they used. They were taxed so that the British could get money to pay off their debt and also just to get wealthier. Samuel Adams set up two groups. One of them is called the Committees of Correspondence. This group tried to figure out ways to go without the rules. Adam's other group was called the Sons of Liberty and this group was put together to use violence to protest and get their message across. Then the Stamp Act Congress said that now only colonial governments could could tax colonies. Then King George III repealed the Stamp Act. From Benjamin Franklin's address.
Quartering Act 1765
The Quartering Act is a law that says that royal troops and soldiers can live in colonists homes and that means that the colonists would have to supply food and a bed to live in until they leave. During this act the Writs of Assistance was made and this allowed soldiers to be able to come into a colonists' house and search for anything that they may have smuggled. The Writs of Assistance are blank search warrants. The colonists were very unhappy with this Act and the laws that they made with it because they are losing money and a bed maybe by having to house British soldiers. After all of the protests that were happening, Britian sent more British soldiers to keep the colonies in order.
Townshend Acts 1767
The Townshend Acts are laws that certain items are taxed. Such as, tea, glass, paper, and more. A group during this time is called the Daughters of Liberty and this group protested by making their own cloth instead of paying for the cloth from Britain. After the rule was repealed in 1770 the government still decided to tax tea. The Sons of Liberty are another group during this act and they used violence and attacks to get their message across.
Boston Massacre 1770
The Boston Massacre is a fight between a British soldier and a colonist. Colonists started to join in and eventually some more soldiers showed up with weapons and fired at them. Samuel Adams was a figure during this time and what he did was use propaganda. John Adams, who is Samuel Adams cousin, decided to represent the soldiers during trial after the Boston Massacre.
Tea Act and Boston Tea Party 1773
The Boston Tea party and the Tea Act was and act that was placed to only let the British East India Company sell tea. The colonists were very unhappy with this act because that meant that they had to pay imported taxes on the tea. Then the Sons of Liberty decided to dress as Indians and go to the Boston Harbor and dumping 342 crates of tea in.
Coercive Act 1774
The Coercive Act was an act that punished the people for the Boston Tea Party. Which the port of Boston was closed until the tea was paid for. The colonists called this act the Intolerable Act. Four laws were stopping trade between Boston and Britain, no town meetings, and gave Britain control of the colony and, strengthened the Quartering Act. The other colonists were not happy about this because it impacted all of the colony's economy's.