Road to Revolution

Learn about what lead up to the Revolutionary War!


Do you want to learn about Samuel and John Adams, two very key people. Have you ever wanted to know what the Boston Massacre and the Boston Tea Party actually was? Do you know what a boycott is? Have you ever wondered what the First Continental Congress was. Well in this S´more, you will learn it all!

Samuel Adams

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Samuel Adams was born on September 27, 1722. He studied law at Harvard, but decided he didn't want to be a lawyer and became a tax collector instead. Samuel was the founder of the Sons of Liberty, which was a group of people who rebelled against the Stamp Act. He was also elected governor in 1794, and was the senator for one year. Samuel Adams was a very important part in government. He was a member of the Massachusetts State constitutional convention, which was their way to draft a new state constitution. Samuel was also one of the 56 people to sign the Declaration of Independence. 27 years later Samuel Adams died on October 2, 1803.

Because Samuel Adams was such a big part in government, he influenced the war. Although it also didn´t help that he published articles in boston newspapers about the British.

John Adams

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John Adams was born on October 30, 1735. He graduated from Harvard being a lawyer. John was elected to represent Massachusetts in 1774 for the first continental congress. In 1789 John was vice president while George Washington was president. Seven years later he became president. John was also one of the 56 people to sign the Declaration of Independance. 50 years later, on July 4, 1826, John Adams died.

John Adams was also very relevant to government and was very active in congress. Making him an influence to the Revolutionary War as well.

Boston Massacre

The Boston Massacre was a street fight caused by the visit of British troops in Boston. This fight occurred on March 5, 1770. Britain was trying to take control the colonies at this point in time. Boston did not want that, causing them to start fighting for their freedom.

The Boston Massacre was a huge influence on the war because it made Boston fight for independence and Britain did not want that.

The Boston Tea Party

The Boston Tea Party was a political protest. Meaning that the taxes were getting too high and Boston wanted to stop that. This event occurred on May 10, 1773. To show the British how raged they were, Boston threw 342 chests of tea into the Boston Harbor.

This event caused even more conflict and controversy between Boston and Britain, making this event influence the war.


A boycott is a protest. Where an individual or group of people rebel/go against an act or decision made. For example many people boycotted the sugar act and the townshend act because they did not agree with what was happening.

Boycotting was a major influence on the war because it caused many little fights and got both countries even more angry with each other.

The First Continental Congress

The First Continental Congress was the colonies governing body. Each colony sent a few delegates, which were people who represented that colony. The congress met on September 5, 1774. The reason for the continental congress was to declare America's independance. The Decleration of Independance was signed off by 56 people, declaring America as an independant country.


Whether it had a big impact or little impact, every single person, event, and conflict had at least a little influence on the Revolutionary War. Many events that happened caused a lot of controversy between Britain and America, and many people in government had a slight influence. Everything that happened between the British and America is was caused the Revolutionary War.

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