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1 Terms and People George Washington – Virginia colonist who led troops against the French during the Seven Years ’ War; future president militia – force made up of civilians trained as soldiers but not part of the regular army alliance – agreement between countries to help each other against other countries cede – surrender

2 In the 1750s, land disputes erupted in the Ohio River valley, the area between Lake Erie and the Ohio River.

3 The Virginia colony also claimed the land, and British settlers continued to move west. France claimed the Ohio River valley as part of its territory.

4 In 1753, the French began building forts in the Ohio River valley to protect their claims. The governor of Virginia sent a militia led by George Washington to order the French out. The French ignored Washington ’ s warnings.

5 The next year, Washington returned to the Ohio River valley to find the French building a fort at a key location. Fort Duquesne Built where the Allegheny and Monongahela rivers meet to form the Ohio River Ohio R.

6 Washington built a small fort of his own, Fort Necessity, nearby. A large French army attacked, forcing Washington to surrender Fort Necessity. The French sent Washington home with the message that they would never give up the Ohio River valley.

7 War with France seemed certain. Hoping to form an alliance against the French, the British called a meeting of colonial leaders and local Iroquois tribes in Albany, New York. The alliance failed. British Iroquois refuse to join a British alliance

8 Colonial leaders at the Albany Congress still tried to work out a plan to defend themselves against the French. Benjamin Franklin urged the colonists to unite against the enemy.

9 Franklin drew up a plan in which an elected council would have authority to act for all the colonies on urgent matters. It also could form armies and collect taxes to pay expenses. Albany Plan of Union The Albany Plan of Union was rejected by the colonial assemblies.

10 Why do think the Albany Plan was rejected?

11 Despite the failure to form a united front, the British decided it was time to act. In 1755, troops led by General Edward Braddock marched on Fort Duquesne. The French and their Native American allies ambushed the British, defeating them. The British knew little about fighting in North America. Red uniforms provided targets.

12 The British disaster at Fort Duquesne was followed by other defeats. In 1756, Britain declared war on France, marking the official beginning of the Seven Years ’ War. Fort Niagara Lake George Fort Oswego Fort William Henry

13 Britain ’ s string of defeats finally ended when a new prime minister, William Pitt, took office. Pitt ’ s generals soon turned the tide of the war. In 1758, the British won Fort Duquesne, renaming it Fort Pitt. Such victories helped the British gain Iroquois support. British Iroquois join a British alliance

14 The French and Indian War British victories in 1758 and 1759 set the stage for the key battle of the war — the Battle of Quebec.


16 Quebec, the capital of New France, was located atop high cliffs. The British climbed the cliffs on an unguarded trail and captured the city. Without Quebec, France could no longer defend its territory. In 1763, Britain and France signed the Treaty of Paris, ending the war.

17 Chapter 5 Section 1 Trouble on the Frontier Under the terms of the treaty, France lost its lands in North America. Native Americans lost, too, as British settlers continued to move west.

18 Terms and People duty – import tax boycott – organized campaign to refuse to buy certain products petition – written request to a government writ of assistance – court order that allowed officials to make searches without saying what they were searching forJohn Adams – Massachusetts lawyer and colonial leader; future president Samuel Adams – colonial leader who established the Committee of Correspondence

19 With the French defeat in the Seven Years ’ War, Britain gained vast new lands in North America. Native Americans saw a new threat to their lands. Colonists saw endless room for settlement.

20 Pontiac, the leader of the Ottawa nation, took action to stop settlers from pushing farther west. Pontiac and his allies launched a bloody attack on British forts and towns. The British responded with equally brutal attacks against Native Americans. The British defeated Pontiac in 1764, but thousands of settlers and Native Americans had been killed.

21 Hoping to avoid further wars, the British issued the Proclamation of 1763. It forbid colonists from settling west of a line drawn along the Appalachian Mountains.

22 Frontier settlers who had already moved west were told to move back. Colonists could settle only east of the line. Native Americans Colonists Appalachian Mountains Colonists WestEast

23 The Proclamation of 1763 angered many colonists, who believed they had the right to settle wherever they wanted. The colonists largely ignored the proclamation, and Britain found it impossible to enforce. Tensions rose. Proclamation of 1763

24 Colonists increasingly believed their rights were being threatened. Colonists had fought and died to help win the war. Colonists expected Britain to be grateful for the their help. Colonists were loyal subjects; they expected to have the same rights as other British citizens.

25 The war had put Britain in debt. Britain continued to spend money on troops to protect colonists from Native Americans. British leaders expected the colonists to help pay expenses. British leaders were concerned about paying for their costly colonies.

26 To raise money, British leaders imposed a series of new laws forcing the colonists to share the financial burden. Sugar Act176 4 Put a duty on products such as molasses Quartering Act 176 5 Required colonists to house British troops Stamp Act176 5 Required colonists to buy special stamps for many products and activities

27 The colonists were outraged, and protests quickly spread throughout the colonies. The Virginia House of Burgesses and other colonial assemblies declared that they alone — the only places where the colonists were represented — had the right to tax the colonists. Merchants organized boycotts against British goods.

28 Of all the new laws, the Stamp Act was the most unpopular. Delegates from nine colonies formed the Stamp Act Congress to take action. The Congress sent a petition to the king and Parliament, demanding the repeal of the tax laws.

29 Parliament did repeal the Stamp Act. But at the same time it passed the Declaratory Act, stating that Parliament had total authority over the colonies. King and Parliament Colonies

30 More new laws, and more protests, followed. The Townshend Acts taxed goods brought into the colonies. Because so many colonists objected to the taxes, and to the writs of assistance that enforced them, Parliament repealed all but the tax on tea. Anger on both sides soon led to a bloody confrontation.

31 In 1770, an angry crowd surrounded a group of soldiers in Boston. Frightened, the soldiers fired, killing five people.

32 John Adams, a colonial leader, defended the soldiers, believing they should receive a fair trial. Still, the Boston Massacre became a rallying point for the colonists. Committees of Correspondence Leaders from different colonies began exchanging information and ideas, helping to unite the colonists against the British.

33 Objectives Identify the causes of the Boston Tea Party. Explain how the colonists protested the Intolerable Acts. Describe the events of April 19, 1775, at Lexington and Concord.

34 Terms and People monopoly – total control of the market for a certain product repeal – to cancel; officially end minuteman – citizen soldier who could be ready to fight at a minute’s notice

35 How did British tax policies move the colonists closer to rebellion? Widespread protests over the Stamp Act and other taxes had taken Britain by surprise. But even as British leaders repealed some taxes, they passed new ones, further angering the colonists.

36 During the early 1770s, the protests against the British had quieted down. The most unpopular taxes had been repealed — except the tax on tea. In 1773, however, Parliament passed a new tea law, and protests began again. Tea Act

37 Thirteen Colonies India Britain Tea The Tea Act allowed the East India Company to send tea directly to the colonies, rather than having to first send it to Britain.

38 The Tea Act reduced the price of tea. But it gave the East India Company, an important British company, a monopoly over the tea trade. The colonists thought they should be able to buy tea from whomever they wanted. Plus, they were angry that they were still paying the tea tax. Price of tea

39 To protest, the Sons of Liberty tried to stop tea from being unloaded in colonial ports. When officials ordered a shipment to be unloaded in Boston, the protestors took action. Dressed as Native Americans, they dumped the tea into the harbor.

40 British leaders were outraged by the actions of these protestors during what became knows as the Boston Tea Party. They passed a series of laws designed to punish the colonists of Massachusetts — especially those in Boston. The new laws were so harsh that colonists called them the Intolerable Acts.

41 Intolerable Acts Closed the port of Boston Increased the powers of the royal governor Abolished the upper house of the Massachusetts legislature Cut the power of town meetings Strengthened the Quartering Act

42 Americans in all the colonies responded to the Intolerable Acts by sending food and other supplies to the people of Boston. Meanwhile, colonial leaders called a meeting to discuss what further actions to take. The First Continental Congress, was held in Philadelphia in September and October 1774.

43 First Continental Congress Demanded the repeal of the Intolerable Acts Declared the colonies had a right to tax and govern themselves Called for the training of militias Called for a new boycott of British goods

44 The British responded to the colonists ’ demands with force. On April 19, 1775, about 700 British troops marched toward Concord, where they believed minutemen were storing arms. Patriots lit a signal in a church steeple, then Paul Revere and William Dawes rode through the night to warn the minutemen.

45 Lexington Concord Minutemen were waiting for British troops A shot rang out, called “the shot heard round the world” British troops opened fire, killing eight Americans 400 minutemen fought about 700 British troops The British retreated toward Boston About 300 British were killed by colonists firing from behind trees and fences

46 The American Revolution had begun.

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