Causes of the American Revolution



The proclamation of 1763 was a law following the French and Indian War. It placed new taxes and prohibited colonists from settling west of the Appalachian Mountains but many colonists moved passed the boundary anyways. This was intended to reduce conflict with Native Americans but it increased conflict with the colonists. Many colonists got angry over this and viewed this law as another attempt to reinforce over them by Britain.

stamp act 1765

The stamp act was a law passed by Britain that taxed just about all printed materials. This included newspapers, legal documents, and playing cards. Since people used most of those daily it affected just about all colonists. Because of this it convinced many colonists of the need for action with Great Britain.


Thomas Paine's Common Sense was a pamphlet which convinced colonists to join the movement for independence. The pamphlet wasn't too long and was easy to understand for everyone. It also asked the colonists to use their "common sense" and see the need for independence from Great Britain. Because of this pamphlet many citizens became patriots, or people who supported independence.

Boston massacre 1770

While colonists were protesting the Towns head Acts a fight broke out between the colonists and British soldiers. It is uncertain why British troops fired but 5 colonists died at the end of the fight. The first person to die was a man named, Crispus Attucks, an African American who was a strong supporter of independence. This was a major event leading to the Revolutionary War because many people got mad at Britain over this event.

Political cartoon

This political cartoon shows how America was still under Britain rule even though there was the whole Atlantic ocean between them . The men attached to strings represent America having no independence from Britain so they had to do anything Britain said.

Brain Pop Causes of the American Revolution

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Boston Tea Party Questions

Answer these 3 questions below after reading the passage below.

1. Which act was this event protesting?

2. What did the colonists do in the Boston Tea Party?

3. How were the colonists punished for their actions?