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Here is my 5 paragraph essay on the evnts that led up to the Revolutionary War.
British Taxes on Colonists
After the French and Indian War in the (17 50’s to 1763) The King of England Desperately needed money to pay his army to make the Colonies safe (Harcourt,263), The King had already taxed the citizens of England enough so he decided to tax the Colonies. The Colonists agreed to this deal but were still a little angry (January, 7); who knew at this little tax could help start a war.
This tariff or tax law was later known as the Sugar Act because it taxed all of the goods like sugar, flour, molasses and other and other foods from the British trade. Most colonies had a charter that granted them able to make their own laws and have Militia to guard them (Speare,70) King and Parliament could still make the laws. The Colonists were mad but what made them furious was that they had no say in British Parliament or what King James was able to tax.
The Sugar was lifted but then a tax called tee Stamp Act. The Stamp Act taxed all things l made of paper so newspapers, playing cards even books had to be taxed. A special stamp was given to show that this person had paid the tax. The colonists were furious but still people said it was fine and that we owe the King for keeping us safe from the French And The Indians. People made fun of the stamp by making a phony of it with a skull and cross bones. Later in the year James Otis said the famous quote that was a rally cry fro colonists everywhere
“No Taxation without representation”
Now all of Boston Will buy no paper. Then The Stamp Act congress came around and protested against the law so finally the repealed the tariff and things were fine until March 5th 1770
In 1770 British Troops occupied the town of Boston and lived in people houses fro free! Then on March 5th 1770 Things got ugly. A group of colonists were harassing British Soldiers and throwing nasty slush balls with rocks in them when then the soldiers panicked and opened fire on the group.
5 Colonists were killed, it later was known as The Boston Massacre. This event brought the Colonists to declaring war on England.
In 1773 all the taxes had stopped but the one on tea. Tea was like coffee and people drank it allot because water was really dirty back then so a Group called The Sons Of Liberty on December 16th 1773 the colonial group disguised them self’s as Mohawk Indians and boarded 3 ships in the Boston Harbor (Maestro, 6) and dumped all the tea, but nothing else was harmed, but hen all the tea was dumped, the total cost of 1 Million Pounds! That was the last straw for the British, in 1774 they closed Boston Harbor and brought mo0re troops and people HAD to give them shelter! This was also the last straw for the colonists, the made the Continental Congress which had delegates from all 13 colonies and they met in Philadelphia and so then to discuss what to do about the British. (Shanzer)
So in 1775 it was war. So that is my 5 Paragraph essay of the events that led up to The Revolutionary War It took America 8 years for independence, but in 1782 the Treaty of Paris was Signed and the war was over. (Carter)
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, Brendan. The Revolutionary War. New York: Childrens press, 2000.
Maestro, Betsy. Liberty Or Death; The American Rrevolution-1763-1783.New York. Harper Collins Publishers, 2005.
Schanzer, Rosalyn. George vs. George; The American Revolution Seen From Both Sides. Washington D.C.: National Geographic, 2004.
Speare, Elizabeth George. The Witch of Blackbird Pond. New York: Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishers group Inc.,1958
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