The American Revolution
Summary of How the Revolution Started
How the American Revolution was started because King George the third put higher taxes so that he could pay the dept from the French and Indian War. Also, King George the third made sure no one moved west because he didn't want to pay for another war with the Indians.
Then there was this thing called the Sugar Act of 1773, in which the colonists had to pay for more costly sugar.
They also passed the Currency Act, in which they get control of the colonial system. Currency can only be obtained through Britain.
The Proclamation of 1763
The colonists were angry with this so they ignored it completely.
The Stamp Act
So Samuel Adams created a group named Committees of Correspondence. They told the colonists about how unfair the British taxes are and how to fight them.
In 1765, a group of nine colonies met in New York to discuss about the Stamp Act Congress. They thought only colonial government should tax them so they asked King George the Third to repeal it. Benjamin Franklin went to Parliament and asked them to repeal so it would bring peace. King George had no choice because of the boycotts and protesters.
The colonists did not like how a bunch of soldiers were at their houses with a blank warrant. The colonists also didn't like to do it be cause it was expensive.
A group of women called The Daughters of Liberty, protested by making their own cloths instead of buying from the British.
By 1770, the protest worked and the Parliament repealed most taxes on items except tea. They did that to show that they still had power.
Colonists were angry and showed it. The Sons of Liberty continued to attack British officials and tax collectors homes.
So Samuel Adams and other colonists used this to get other people to join the cause by using propaganda.
John Adams chose to represent the soldiers, saying everyone had the right to jury.
Tea Act and Boston Tea Party
On December 6, 1773, the Sons of Liberty disguised as American Indians and went on board ships illegally and threw 342 crates into Boston Harbor.
Coercive Acts/ Intolerable Acts
Some of the laws were 1) stopped trade from Britain and Boston, 2) no town meeting were aloud, 3) Britain had complete control over the colony, and 4) the Quartering Acts were stronger. Other colonies helped Boston by sending them goods.