Period 3: 1754-1800
Maria C. Alvarez. Jan 5, 2016.
March 4, 1770. Colonist started throwing rocks and snowballs at British Soldiers, the soldiers panicked and fired their muskets, killing a few colonists.
Treaty of Paris, 1763 (Peace of Paris)
Treaty between Britain, France and Spain that ended the Seven Years War (French and Indian War). France lost their empire in North America and India to Britain. France gave New Orleans and land west of Mississippi to Spain to compensate the loss of Florida to the British.
An Indian uprising in 1763 after the French and Indian War, which was lead by Ottowa chief named Pontiac. Native Americans opposed British expansion into the Ohio River Valley and began destroying British Forts in the area. Once Pontiac was killed the attacks stopped.
Writs of Assistance
Search warrants granted by the British government to allow British officials to search houses for smuggled goods. The Writs could be used any where, at any time, and as often as desired. The colonist felt that the Writs were an invasion of privacy and protested them.
Was a delegate from Virginia. He wrote the Declaration of Independence in 1776, and was part of George Washington's presidential cabinet as his Secretary of State. In 1800 T. Jefferson was elected as POTUS and is considered an American Founding Father.
Many colonist felt like their rights were constantly violated by the British government. The colonists wanted to make sure that their rights were respected so the 4th amendment to the constitution limits searches and seizures because of the Writs of Assistance.
Thomas Hobbes's philosophy of the social contract inspired the Declaration of Independence. The American Founding Fathers felt that the British government had violated the social contract and therefore were entitled to their independence.
Thomas Jefferson's World Trailer