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Boston Massacre The killing of five colonists in Boston by British soldiers in 1770.
Boston Tea Party Reaction of colonists in Boston against tea taxes imposed by the British. The colonists dressed as Indians, boarded British ships and dumped tea into the Boston Harbor.
Boycott A refusal to buy goods in order to show disapproval of force acceptance of one's terms.
Committee of Correspondence An organization that spread political ideas through the colonies.
Effigy A rag figure representing an unpopular individual. Usually made by colonist to represent a British tax collector.
First Continental Congress A meeting of representatives of all colonies, (except Georgia) in Philadelphia, in response to the Intolerable Acts imposed on the colonist by Great Britain.
Intolerable Acts A series of harsh laws imposed by Britain (1774) on the colonies in response to the Boston Tea Party (also known as the Coercive Acts)
Loyalists Colonists who remained loyal to Britain and opposed the war for independence.
Militia Group of civilians trained to fight in emergencies.
Minutemen Companies of civilian soldiers who boasted that they were ready to fight in a minute's notice.
Sons of Liberty Organization started by Samuel Adams in order to protest British Acts and Laws. The women organized the Daughters of Liberty as well.
Patriot Colonists who were determined to fight the British until American independence was won.
Petition A formal request.
Preamble The introduction to a formal document.
Propaganda Ideas or information designed to spread to influence opinion.
Repeal To cancel an act or law.
Revenue Incoming money.
Stamp Act of 1765 British law imposing a tax, in the form of stamps on all legal and printed documents used in the English colonies. The act was later repealed by the British parliament.
Townshend Act of 1767 Acts passed by the British Parliament to the colonies placing tax on glass, paper, lead, paint, and tea.
Writs of Assistance Legal document that enabled officers to search homes, warehouses, or ships for goods that might be smuggled.
Quartering Act of 1767 Acts passed by British Parliament that required colonists to shelter and feed British officials that lived in their towns.
Tea Act of 1773 Acts passed by the British Parliament that allowed a tax on tea but also allowed the British East India Company to bypass colonial merchants and sell tea directly to the colonists.
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