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Boston Tea Party

In Boston's Harbor, a group of Massachusetts colonists disguised as Indians and boarded three British tea ships and dump chests of tea into the harbor.

The midnight raid, known as the “Boston Tea Party,” was in protest of the British Parliament’s Tea Act of 1773, a bill was designed to save the East India Company by lowering its tea tax.

First Continental Congress

From 1774 to 1789, the Continental Congress served as the government of the 13 American colonies and later the United States. The First Continental Congress was composed of delegates from the colonies. In 1775, the Second Continental Congress had already begun. Soon after, the Congress ratified the first national constitution, the Articles of Confederation.

Boston Massacre

On a cold night, a mob of American colonists gathered in Boston and begins taunting the British soldiers guarding the building. The protesters, who were called Patriots, were protesting the occupation of their city by British troops, who were sent to Boston to enforce taxation passed by the a British that lacked American representation.

Articles of Confederation

The Articles of Confederation was the first written constitution of the United States. Congress was given the authority to make treaties and alliances, maintain armed forces and coin money. However, the central government lacked the ability to levy taxes and regulate issues that led to the Constitutional Convention in 1787 for the creation of new federal laws.

3 branches of goverment

The United States has three branches of government: the executive, the legislative and the judicial. Each of these branches has a role in the function of the government. Executive, enforces the laws, Legislative makes the laws, and the judicial explains it.

Bill of Rights

After the American Declaration of Independence in 1776, the Founding Fathers turned to the states’ and then the federal Constitution.The Constitution’s supporters realized it was crucial to achieving ratification. It was through the efforts of James Madison why the Bill of Rights officially became part of the Constitution in December 1791.