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In 1662 King James promised us the Connecticut Charter (Spear, 70). This would have let us make our own laws.
In 1763 King George needed the colonists to pay for its French and Indian War, so they taxed the colonists with extra taxes or ‘acts’ here are some of them.
One, in 1765 the Sugar Act was passed. This was when Parliament (British Government) put tax on all British sugar. This angered the colonists, but they are still far away from rabble because they think it is fair.
Two, in 1765 the Stamp Act was passed. This was when Parliament put tax on paper such as: envelopes, newspaper, and even receipts! One man named James Otis yelled the famous words “No taxation without representation!” (Harcourt, 274) This got the colonists on the brink of unwanted rebellion!
Finally, in 1773 the worst act was passed- the Tea Act! “This new tax law angered the colonists” (January 6.) Back then tea was as important as modern-day parents and coffee! Finally the patriots (but not the loyalists) got so mad (and that was a lot of merchants because no one would buy their tea) preformed what would later be called the Boston Tea Party. They dressed up as Indians (Maestro) and threw the tea into Boston harbor (lucky fishes!)
In 1774 delegates from all 13 colonies met in Philadelphia for the first ever continental congress (Schanzer.)
Finally all this added up to war, in 1775, the first battles were in Lexington and Concord. The war lasted for 10 years and finally ended in 1785.
Carter, Alden. The American Revolution New York: Franklin Watts, 1992
Harcourt, Brace. We the People; Early United States. Orlando: Harcourt Brace and Company. 2000
January, Brnan. The American Revolutionary War. New York; Children’s Press, 2000
Maestro, Betsie. Liberty or Death: The American Revolution 1763-1783. New York: Harpfor Collins Publisher2005
Schanzer, Rosalyn. George VS. George; The American Revolution as seeen from both sides Washington D.C.; National Geographic, 2004
Spear, Elisabeth George. The Witch of Blackbird Pond. New York: Bantam Doubelday Dell Publishing Group, Inc, 1958
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