The Revolutionary Times

October 8, 1777

The Rush to the Rich Fur Area!!

Zaida Maples

The French and Indian War was the war going on from 1754 to 1763 over the rich fur area of the Ohio River Valley. This war however, was NOT between the French and the Indians. This war was between the French and the English. The Indians were just allies on both sides. This war was part of a larger worldwide conflict called the Seven Years War. The English won this war, claiming Canada & all the land west of the Mississippi River. King George II spent too much money on this war, causing the country to go into debt. In order to pay this debt, he imposed unfair taxes on us, the colonists, which we have to pay and of course don't want to do.

Protest for No Taxes!!

Anslie McRee

The Stamp Act of 1765 is taxes appointed on the items that the american colonists use in their everyday lives. The British government is placing these taxes on items such as newspapers, legal documents, and licenses. The British government did this to us because they thought that we should have to help them pay their own debt. We had protests, speeches, and violent attacks. Then there comes The Sons of Liberty, a group that is also against this act.This group was formed by Samuel Adams in Massachusetts. They also called themselves The Loyal Nine. This group is related to the Liberty Boys. The Liberty Boys secretly met up and protested against Great Britain and the King. These groups and protests allowed the Stamp Act to be repealed in 1766. The Stamp Act was finally over.

The Proclamation Protest!!

Josiah Jones

The Proclamation is none of our concern. This document forbids the colonists from settling any land west of the Mississippi we already have our land from Spain and the Natives after the war ended. The colonists were upset and they thought that it was a great idea to settle in the land anyway and ignore the Proclamation. They thought in return they would get land for fighting in the war so that’s the reason for them settling where they’re not suppose to.

The COMPLETELY Intolerable Acts!!

Zaida Maples

The Intolerable Acts were a set of 5 disciplinary laws passed by the British parliament in 1774 after the Boston Tea Party. As colonists, we feel that the British Parliament was definitely violating our constitutional rights. 12 colonies sent representatives to the 1st Continental Congress to boycott British goods and support each other in case of attack. The Intolerable Acts were as follows;

Act 1: Boston Port Act: Port of Boston closed until tea destroyed from Boston Tea Party was paid for

Act 2: Massachusetts Government Act: Colonists could not assemble unless authorized by a royal governor.

Act 3: Administration of Justice Act: British official who committed crimes in the colonies were to be sent back to England to stand trial.

Act 4: Quartering Act: Citizens were to house and feed British soldiers at their own expense (was later repealed in the Bill of Rights, Amendment 3)

Act 5: Quebec Act: Expanded the Province of Quebec; seen as a threat to colonists liberty and expansion of colonies.

The Declaration of Independence

Anslie McRee

The Declaration of Independence is a document that announced our Independence from England. This document is written by representatives from the 12 colonies and drafted by Thomas Jefferson.The Declaration of independence was wrote because we were unhappy with how the British government was treating us. We felt as though our constitutional rights were being violated. We wanted independence from England. We were not involved in the 1st Continental Congress convention. However, we sent representatives to the 2nd convention. We kicked James Right out. Then, we under went patriot rule. There were 3 parts to the Declaration.

Part 1: Preamble: Explains natural rights of all people, states reasons for document.

Part 2: List of grievances against King George.

Part 3: Actual declaration of independence from England.