Towards Independence

By: Cassie Hinton

Patriot or Loyalist?

If I were a colonists, living in the 1700's, I would be a Patriot. This is because I think that King George wasn't a good King, and created laws and taxes that were unfair to the colonists. Take the Stamp Act, for example. This law required colonists to buy a stamp for every single piece of paper they used. Another example would be the Quartering Act, which ordered colonists to provide British troops with housing, and furnishings such as firing, or bedding. Both of these Acts are just two examples of unfair things that were ordered of the colonists in the 1700's. For these reasons, I would be a Patriot.

The Townshend Acts

The Townshend Acts was a tax that was made in 1767, which ordered colonists to place a duty on everyday items such as paper, glass, and tea. Charles Townshend, Samuel Adams, Lord North, colonists, and people of the British government were involved in this act. The Townshend Act took place because Charles Townshend was looking for a way to have the colonists pay for the British army. The colonist thought that these new taxes were unacceptable. Samuel Adams, leader of the opposition of the Townshend Acts, wrote a letter to all the colonies, protesting this act. Colonists then decided to boycott all British goods. In the end, Lord north, leader of the British government, persuaded Parliament to repeal all of the Townshend's taxes, except taxes on tea.

The Boston Tea Party

The Boston Tea party took place in 1773. Lorn North, George Hewes, John Adams, colonists, and the British East Indian Company were all involved in this act. This new law was Lord Norths attempt to rescue the British East Indian Company, a company that had been a money maker for years in Great Britain. But colonist thought that this new act was yet another way for Lord North to tax them without their consent. 50 people dressed as Mohawk Indians boarded 3 ships one night. These ships were used to ship the tea. One of the men who boarded the ships was George Hewes. The men then dumped 90,000 pound of tea into the sea. News of this party spread, and people such as John Adams wrote about the event the next day.

The Intolerable Acts

The Intolerable Acts took place in 1774. King George, Lord North, Sam Adams, John Adams, George Washington, and colonists were all involved in this act. The Intolerable Acts were created because Lord North and King George agreed that they needed the colonists to obey and respect their King, and have authority. They thought the colonists had gone to far, by dumping out tea into the sea. The new laws that they created because of this include closing Boston harbor to all shipping until the ruined tea was payed for, placing the government of Massachusetts under British control, making British solders who were accused of murdering have their trials in England, and sending more troops to Boston to ensure these new laws. The colonists responded to these laws in an angry manor, by threatening to "abandon their city in flames."