Causes of American Revolution

Patrick Shinn

Proclamation of 1763

British leaders feared that more fighting would occur if the colonist kept moving onto American Indian lands. This banned the British to not settle west of the Appalachian Mountains. It ordered settlers to leave the upper Ohio valley.

Stamp Act of 1765

This act required colonist to pay for an official stamp, or seal, when they bought paper items. Taxes had to be payed on legal documents, licences, newspapers.

The Townshend acts of 1767

Parliament passed the Townshend Acts. These acts placed duties on grass, lead, paper, and tea. To enforce the Townshend Acts Acts, Britain increased writs of assistance.

The Boston Massacre

The Boston Massacre occurred on March 5, 1770. A squad of British soldiers come to help a sentry who was being pressed by a hectic crowd. The squad killed three people.

The Tea Act

The Tea act in 1773 allowed the British to sell tea directly to the colonist. The Tea Act was the final straw in a series of unpopular policies and taxes imposed by Britain on her American colonies.

The Boston Tea Party

The midnight raid known as the, "Boston Tea party" was in protest of the British Parliaments Tea Act of 1773. The Boston Tea party was a political protest by the Sons of Liberty in Boston, on December 16, 1773.

The Intolerable Acts

The Intolerable Acts were the American Patriots term for a series of punitive laws passed by the British Parliament in 1774 after the Boston Tea party; they were meant to punish the Massachusetts colonists for their defiance in throwing a large tea shipment into Boston harbor.

Lexington and Concord

The Battles of Lexington and Concord were the first military engagements of the American Revolutionary War. They were fought on April 19, 1775, in Middle County, Province of Massachusetts Bay, within the towns of Lexington, Concord, Lincoln, Menotty , and Cambridge, near Boston.