Events that led to American Revolution. Treaty of Paris:. Signed in 1763, officially ended the French and Indian War. France agreed to give up its claim to Canada and the Mississippi River Valley (Louisiana). Britain took over Canada and part of Louisiana that lay east of the Mississippi.
Larger empire; new problems
- Ottawa chief Pontiac attacked fort Detroit.
A New Conflict Arises.
A tax on all paper products sold in the colonies.
Newspapers, books, playing cards, and pamphlets
Sons of Liberty opposed the tax.
Townshend Acts 1767
Members of the Sons of Liberty and other locals
harassed British soldier on guard. He called for
Backup, a soldier fell, a weapon was fired and then
The mob was fired on.
Five Americans were killed including Crispus Attucks,
a former slave.
Tea Act 1773:
British East India Company had full monopoly over
The sale of tea. Tea would not be taxed in the
colonies and cost less than tea in England. However,
It put American tea sellers out of business.
Organized by Sam Adams, Paul Revere, and John
342 cases of tea was dumped into the Boston Harbor
Coercive Acts (Intolerable Acts)
A series of laws to punish the city of Boston and
to re-establish control.
These acts closed the port of Boston, banned town
meetings in Boston, and stationed troops in Boston.
Lexington and Concord
1. Write me a letter explaining which British
Act was the greatest single cause of the
2. ORQ – British Acts
Fun Little Quiz on Friday: Events
Leading to American Revolution
The Continental Congresses were established to guide the
colonists in responding to the British. Among the actions
taken by the Congresses were the establishment of the
Continental Army and the drafting of the Declaration of
Independence and the Olive Branch Petition.
Known as the “Father of the American Revolution”
Started the Sons of Liberty – a group of radicals opposed
To British interference in colonial life.
Organized the Committees of Correspondence.
Ben Franklin – served as ambassador to France during
- Believed everyone was entitled to proper justice
- Became one of the core leaders of the Continental Congress
1776 Wrote Common Sense, a pamphlet which clearly and
simply laid out the arguments for independence from
- Great Speaker, spoke out against England Authority.
- Famous for the line “Give me Liberty or Give me Death!”