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American Revolution

Road to the American Revolution Vocabulary

TermDefinition
Smuggle to move taxed goods into Colonies illegally; colonists smuggled taxed tea into colonies
Effigy A likeness usually made of straws; burned by colonists to protest taxes
Tory/Loyalist colonists who wanted to stay loyal to King George III and Britain (1/3 population)
Petition a formal written request to someone in power, signed by a group of people; 9 colonies sent the Stamp Act Congress to petition the English King and Parliament.
Boycott refuse to buy; colonists boycotted English goods.
Repeal remove a law; The Stamp Act was repealed
Writ of Assistance a legal document that allowed British officials to enter a home/business to search for smuggles goods without giving reason during the Townshend Act.
Sons of Liberty A group formed by angry colonists to protest, burn effigies, help smuggle and prompt colonists to not import English goods.
Quarter rooms or lodgings, especially those allocated to people in military or domestic service; British Quartering Act required colonists to provide housing to military officials.
Committee of Correspondence A letter writing campaign formed by a Son of Liberty, Sam Adams to write letters and pamphlets to protest and arouse the colonists into action.
Minutemen a member of a class of American militiamen who volunteered to be ready for service at a minute's notice
Militia a military force that is raised from the civil population to supplement a regular army in an emergency
"Shot heard 'round the world" a musket fire that began the Lexington & Concord fight, unknown which side it was fired from
Patriot colonists who supported the people of Boston (1/3 population)
Tar and Feather throwing pine tar on the victim and then rolling him in feathers
Stamp a stamp marked on or affixed to a taxable item as evidence that the tax has been paid.
Parliament the highest legislature, consisting of the sovereign, the House of Lords, and the House of Commons.
Representation the action of speaking or acting on behalf of someone or the state of being so represented.
Tyranny cruel and oppressive government or rule.
Created by: meganshark