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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.

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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.
  • -France gave Spain all of Louisiana west of the Mississippi.

England becomes most powerful nation in the world

Larger empire; new problems

  • How to keep peace with Native Americans in the Ohio Valley?

- Ottawa chief Pontiac attacked fort Detroit.

  • England issues the Proclamation of 1763. Ohio Valley was to be
  • An Indian Reservation. No settling west of the Appalachian Mts.

British government sent 10,000 soldiers to America

  • Colonist were upset by this action. Knew they would have
  • to pay for the troops support. (taxes)

A New Conflict Arises.


Quartering Act 1765

  • Required colonist to pay for quartering (housing
  • and feeding)
  • of British soldiers in their area.

Stamp Act 1765

A tax on all paper products sold in the colonies.

Newspapers, books, playing cards, and pamphlets

Sons of Liberty opposed the tax.

  • Battle Cry: No taxation without representation!!!

Townshend Acts 1767

  • A series of taxes on glass, paper, paint, tea, and
  • l-e-a-d.
  • - Also allowed British officials to obtain blank search
  • warrants
  • Colonists again boycott and in 1767 British war ships
  • arrived in Boston Harbor.

Boston Massacre 1770

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.


Boston Tea Party

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.


First continental congress and forming of militias

Lexington and Concord

  • Declaration was passed to arrest some Mass. Leaders
  • And to shoot troublesome colonists during disturbances.
  • Leaders fled to Concord a city near Boston.
  • Paul Revere, John Prescott, and William Dawes were sent to
  • warn the leaders
  • The next day minutemen opposed British troops
  • at Lexington on route to Concord.
  • This was the first battle of the War.


1. Write me a letter explaining which British

Act was the greatest single cause of the

Revolutionary War.


2. ORQ – British Acts


Fun Little Quiz on Friday: Events

Leading to American Revolution


Continental Congresses Decide the Future

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.


American Revolutionary Leaders

Sam Adams:

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

the war.


American Revolutionary Leaders

John Adams:

- Believed everyone was entitled to proper justice

- Became one of the core leaders of the Continental Congress

Thomas Jefferson

  • Served in the Continental Congress and was the principal
  • Author of the Declaration of Independence.

American Revolutionary Leaders

Thomas Paine

1776 Wrote Common Sense, a pamphlet which clearly and

simply laid out the arguments for independence from


John Hancock

  • 1st person to sign Declaration of
  • Independence. President of the Continental Congresses

American Revolutionary Leaders

Patrick Henry:

- Great Speaker, spoke out against England Authority.

- Famous for the line “Give me Liberty or Give me Death!”

Paul Revere

  • Helped plan and execute the Boston Tea Party
  • Carried messages to various rebel groups
  • Famous for his horseback ride to warn rebels that
  • The British were coming.