The Events of the Revolution

The important events that made the colonists mad.

My Opinion

If I lived in the era of the American Revolution, I would have personally sided with the patriots. Normally I would respect authority and obey the overall government, but it makes me seethe with anger when someone is given power and they abuse it with their own agenda and tyrant people just because they are different or because they can. That is unfair. Also, the starting of a new country would be exciting, and I would love to be a part of that; especially if I thought the King was an nincompoop. But if I was a patriot, I would not be a hothead. I would support the cause through cleverness and subtlety, not violence and screaming. The starting of a new nation would be daunting and scary, but also exciting and awesome. I would be proud to be a part of it.
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The Boston Massacre

The Boston Massacre was poorly named, because it was really a small riot, and too small to be a massacre. On March 5, 1770, a few male colonists attacked the soldiers with rocks and ice balls, taunting them and daring them to shoot. One soldier was knocked to the ground, making the other soldiers panic and open fire. In the end five young men were murdered. The colonists were outraged, calling it a "massacre". They exaggerated the event, saying the soldiers fired at the colonists just because, when really the colonists started the fight. They thought this was another reason the British troops needed to go.


The Boston Tea Party

The Boston Tea Party was the colonist's reaction to the Tea Act. On the night of December 16, 1773, fifty men dressed as indians and boarded the tea ships. They dumped the tea into the sea, wasting 90,000 pounds. This made the King mad, which made him make unfair laws, which made the colonists mad. It was one giant cycle.


The Intolerable Acts

King George was outraged by the colonists's reaction to the tea. He and the British Parliament passed a series of laws to punish Boston and suppress the colonists. The laws included the closing of Boston Harbor, British government rule, and the Troop Murder Trial Law. On top of that Britain sent more troops to enforce these laws. It did not work out like the King intended. The colonists were as mad as ever, and this time the colonies united, helping Massachusetts and rebelling against the King.