Road to Revolution

By: Lindsey Evenson

Sugar Act

After the French and Indian war the British fell into debt and were having trouble paying their troops. The government then decided to start taxing the colonists. One of the laws passed that taxed the colonists was the sugar act. This law taxed products like sugar and molasses.

The Parliament passed the sugar act and the colonists were not at all happy to be taxed by them. The colonists believed that taxing products was a job for the colonial assembly. The reason for this was because the colonial assembly was the only elected part of government, while the Parliament was not. That way if the colonial assembly taxed the colonist, the colonist would technically have had some say in the decision.


Because of all the laws and policies that the government was creating for the colonies, the colonists grew to hate their mother country. The stamp act, quartering act and sugar act are just a few of the taxations that the colonist were not happy about. The stamp act was the first direct taxation to the colonists and was a key part of the boycotts. The colonist became so angry with all the taxations and policies that they began boycotting to protest. Boycotting was the first real proof of rebellion in the colonies. At that point the sons of liberty and daughters of liberty had been formed but no "real" rebellion among the colonists had begun.

Committees of Correspondence

The Committees of Correspondence were secret organization formed by the colonists. The goal of these organizations was to trade ideas about government policies and converse about government affairs. These groups also talked about and planned resistance against the british government. There was many committees of correspondence formed in the colonies and Samuel Adams urged colonies that didn't, to form one. This organization was very important to the resistance.

Boston Tea Party

On December 16, 1773 the Boston Tea Party was in motion. This event was planned by the Sons of Liberty, a group of men who met in secret and discussed colonist rights. On the night of the Boston Tea Party men from the sons of liberty dressed as Native Americans and snuck onto three tea ships. While on the tea ships, the men destroyed 342 chests of tea. This was done in protest of the Tea Act, a law passed that put tax on tea. The tea act was considered the "last straw" of the many, many laws and policies passed that were not very "popular" with the colonists.

To protest the tea act Charleston, South Carolina would unload the tea and let it rot. New York City and Philadelphia would block the tea ships so they could not get to the docks. All around the colonies the tea act was being protested. It was not the tea act itself that the colonists were protesting against, but the taxes and British policies as a whole. The colonist were very angry about all the taxes they had to pay and policies they had to follow. Because of the French and Indian war, the british were in debt. That is why they were taxing the colonists.

Among reacting to the colonists protests, the british sent Navy ships to block the tea ships from leaving until the colonists payed for all the tea that was dystroyed

Tied Together

Each one of these events tie together somehow and influenced the start of the war in some way. The Sugar Act, which came before the other three events, was one of the first laws taxing the colonists. The colonists quickly became angrier and angrier with every oncoming taxation or policy from the government. With all of the taxations the colonists decided to boycott to protest against the government policies. As the colonists started to rebelling they created secret organizations to converse about government affairs and resistance against british policies. This way it was easier to plan resistances. Then the big resistance act, the boston tea party, was planned by one of these secret organizations. Without the secret organizations none of the resistances would be able to successfully happen.

Influence on the War

There was many influences on the war, these are just a few of them. Because of all the taxation laws, like the sugar act, the colonists grew angry and started to hate their mother country. After many taxation law and policy's, that the colonists were not happy about, they began to show rebellion. The colonists boycotted to protest the new laws. Groups, like the committees of correspondence, formed that conversed about colonist resistance. Then finally one of the groups, Sons of Liberty, formed a plan for the Boston Tea Party and set it in motion. It was all "downhill" from there to the war. There was so much hatred and protest toward the british government that soon lead to a war.
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Works Cited

American History Book

"Discovery Education." Discovery Education. N.p., n.d. Web. 14 Oct. 2015.

Garcia, Elizabeth. "APUSH." : Boycott of British Goods (1765, 1768). N.p., n.d. Web. 14 Oct. 2015.