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It's all an Act

Causes of the American Revolution

TermDefinition
1763- French and Indian War During the war,parliament decided that neglecting the colonies was unwise policy. The British emerged from this war with a giant national debt.
Proclamation of 1763 Parliament prohibited American settlers from moving west of the Appalachians.
1764- Sugar act Parliament Taxes sugar. Before this, only the colonial legislatures had power to raise taxes.From then on, violators were taken to England tried in Vice-Admiralty courts. This denied them to the right trial by a jury of their peers.
1764-currency Act Parliament prohibits the colonies from printing their own paper money. Before this, the colonial legislatures had the right to print money.
1765-Quartering Act Parliament orders the colonial legislatures to feed and house the British troops. The Americans came to regard the British soldiers as an occupation Army. In 1767,when New York ignored the law, parliament suspended the colonial legislatures.
1765- Stamp Act Parliament taxed legal documents,licences and diplomas,almanacs and news papers.The Americans believed only their colonial legislatures could raise Taxes.There was massive resistance.
Sons of liberty In Boston, Sam Adams founded this group to protest the stamp act.
Stamp Act Congress The 13 colonies met to protest the stamp act. The most effective protest was an economic boycott of all British goods.
1766-Declaratory Act Parliament repealed the Stamp Act. Parliament had the right to make laws for the colonies 'in all cases what so ever'. Parliament regarded the colonial legislatures as irrelevant.
1767-Townshend Acts Parliament taxed everyday necessities-class,paper,lead,paint.
1770-Boston Massacre To enforce the Townshend Acts , Parliament sent British troops to Boston. The redcoats and sons of liberty clashed , killing five Americans.
1773 Boston Tea Party The sons of liberty,disguised as Indians,dumped the tea in Boston harbor.
1774-Intolerable Acts The British closed Boston harbor, banned town meetings and closed the courts.
1774 The Quebec Act Quebec was extended to the region west of the Appalachian Mountains.This meant American colonists could never move west of the Appalachians.
House of Burgesses The royal governor of Virginia dissolved the colonial legislature.
First Continental Congress Met in Philadelphia,Sent letter to king . Promised obedience ,Petition king to recognize colonists rights as English citizens.
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