Revolutionary War The causes


Writs of Assistance: Colonist felt invaded when the British were aloud to search anywhere, anytime in their house for their belongings. They were outraged and felt like they had no privacy.


Proclamation of 1763: This proclamation prohibited colonists from moving westward, so the troubles with Native Americans would stop.


Sugar Act: The American people found the British's proposal to tax on molasses being imported harsh, as the British wanted to stop smuggling of the molasses, but colonists didn't want to pay taxes.


Stamp Act: The British were trying to tax the colonists on resources such as all paper goods, which the America's thought was very unreasonable and unfair. This act turned instantly into a feud.


Sons of Liberty: Samuel Adams helped start an organization called Sons of Liberty, where members took the streets and protested the Stamp Act. Across the colonies, more Sons of Liberty groups were formed. They took part in many of the famous protests like the Boston Tea Party. They also burned rag dolls of tax collectors to scare Britain off.


Townshend Acts: Parliament passed a set of laws in 1768. The British were trying to avoid problems the Stamp Act caused, since the colonists wouldn't tolerate internal taxes. They ended up taxing imported goods.


Boston Massacre: Known as the "first battle of the Revolutionary War", this massacre helped start the divide between Britain and the colonies. Five people were killed. The act tried to stop demonstrations against Townshend Acts, but instead provoked outrage.


Boston Tea Party: This was the first violent act of the snowball effect and the first rebellion from colonist that was violent to support their government. They fought back on the tax on tea by dumping out boxes and boxes of tea into the harbor.


First Continental Congress: In September 1774, 56 men arrived in Philadelphia, sent as delegates from all the colonies except Georgia. They had come to make a political body to represent American thoughts.


Second Continental Congress: This act passed the Olive Tree Branch Petition, declaring peace between colonies and the British. They were the group of delegates who debated on whether or not the colonies should stay a part of the Britain.

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