The American Revolution

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  • Stamp Act

    Stamp Act
    British Parliament passed the Stamp Act to help replenish their finances after the costly Seven Years' War with France. It was a way of collecting tax to in order to help the British pay for the French and Indian War. The British felt they were well justified in charging this tax because the colonies were receiving the benefit of the British troops and needed to help pay for the expense.
  • The Boston Massacre

    The Boston Massacre
    The Boston Massacre was a deadly riot that occurred on the King Street of Boston. It began as a scrimmage between American colonists and the British soldier, but escalated to a chaotic, bloody slaughter. The conflict powered the anti-British sentiment and paved the way for the American Revolution.
  • The Boston Tea Party

    The Boston Tea Party
    The Boston Tea Party was a political protest that took place at Griffin's Wharf in Boston, Massachusetts. American colonists were frustrated and angry at Britain for imposing taxation without representation so they dumped 342 chests of tea which were imported by the British East India Company into the harbor.
  • Intolerable Acts

    Intolerable Acts
    The Intolerable Acts were a series of British Laws, passed by the Parliament of Great Britain. Four of the Intolerable Acts were aimed at punishing the Massachusetts colonists for their actions related to the incident known as the Boston Tea Party. The last of the Intolerable Acts series was related to Quebec because it was seen as an additional threat to the liberty and expansion of the colonies.
  • Declaration of Independence

    Declaration of Independence
    The Declaration of Independence was the formal statement written by Thomas Jefferson declaring the freedom of the thirteen American colonies from Great Britain.
  • Articles of Confederation

    Articles of Confederation
    The Article of Confederation was the first constitution of the 13 American states, adopted in 1781 and replaced in 1789 by the Constitution of the United States.
  • Treaty of Paris

    Treaty of Paris
    The Treaty of Paris of 1783 was a peace treaty negotiated between the United States and Great Britain that officially ended the revolutionary war and recognized the independence of the thirteen states.
  • The U.S. Constitution

    The U.S. Constitution
    The Constitution of the United States established America's national government and fundamental laws, and guaranteed certain basic rights for its citizens.