American Revolution Research

by Emily Grondines 4th

Boston Tea Party

The Boston Tea Party was when British ships carrying tea sailed into Boston Harbor and refused to leave until the colonials took their tea. Boston was boycotting the tea in protest of the Tea Act and would not let the ships bring the tea ashore. The colonist disguised as Indians boarded the ships and threw the tea overboard. They did so because they were afraid that Governor Hutchinson would secretly unload the tea because he owned a share in the cargo.

Intolerable Acts

Series of laws sponsored by British Prime Minister Lord North and enacted in 1774 in response to the Boston Tea Party. The laws were the harshest of laws passed by Parliment. It was composed of 4 laws

  1. Impartial Administration of Justice Act
  2. Massachusetts Bay Regulating Act
  3. Boston Port Act
  4. Quartering Act
  5. Quebec Act

Patrick Henry

An American orator and member of the Virginia House of Burgesses who gave speeches against the British government and its policies urging the colonies to fight for independence. He is known for the famous lines "Give me liberty or give me death!"

Loyalist

Loyalist were people who lived in America, but were loyal to Britain. Meaning they stayed faithful during the war and fought for the British

Common Sense

Thomas Paine wrote Common Sense, published on January 1, 1776, to encourage the colonies to seek independence. It spoke out against the unfair treatment of the colonies by the British government and helped turn the colonists opinion in favor of the Revolution.