Causes of the American Revolution

By: Kylie Wiesenhutter

Proclamation of 1763

After the French and Indian War ended the king told the colonists they could not go into the Ohio Valley River or move into it. He did this because he did not want to start another war and pay for it. This law was called and known as the Proclamation of 1763. The colonist were very upset about this and did not agree with the king.

Stamp Act of 1765

The stamp act required colonists to pay for an official stamp or seal, when they ought paper items. Mainly the king put taxes on all paper items. The stamp act started to anger the colonists especially after the Proclamation of 1763. This lead to the forming of Sons of Liberty.

The Townshend Acts of 1767

This act placed duties ( taxes ) on glass, lead, paints, paper, and tea. Colonists hated this because they thought the government took power away from the colonists and watched them. This lead to the colonists starting to boycott many British goods.

The Boston Massacre

A British soldier and colonist got in an argument and than the British soldier struck him. Some colonies who were watching, saw this and were furious they all started to run to the guard in a big group and so did some of the other British soldiers. A British soldier started to fire at the group of colonists making the colonists all flee from the fight. Five of the colonists died from this fight. Samuel Adams and others started to protest against the British after everyone heard about this.

The Tea Act of 1773

The tea act allowed the British East India company to sell tea directly to the colonists. The British government said the colonists could only buy tea form them. The colonists were furious and started to think of a plan to stop this and that's what led to the idea of the Boston Tea Party.

The Boston Tea Party of 1773

One night the colonists dressed up as Indians and sneaked onto the three ships filled with tea. They dumped over 340 tea chests into the Boston Harbor. This act led to colonists having "Civil Disobedience."

The Intolerable Acts of 1774

The British government was making even more laws thinking they were gonna make the colonists happy but it made the colonists even more angry with them. One of these laws was closing the Boston Harbor. Another one was "The Quartering Act" which meant if a British soldier came to the colonist door they had to let them in and take care of them. These laws started to turn colonists against the British.

Lexgington and Concord in 1775

Lexington and Concord was the first war and what kicked off the American Revolution. These wars were also known as "The Shot Heard Round the World." The colonists started to choose to either be loyal with England and fight with them or side with the other colonists.