2 Tensions GrowThe colonists grew more and more upset with the British government.Wanted to settle where they pleasedProclamation Line of 1763“No taxation without representation”
3 Taxes and TeaParliament (lawmaking body of the British government) passed the Stamp Act in 1765.Placed a tax on paper goods in the coloniesEventually glass, paint, and tea also taxedMany colonists chose not to buy taxed goods.Wrote angry letters to ParliamentParliament sent more soldiers to the colonies
4 Taxes and Tea Colonists did not want the soldiers in their cities. Fights began to break out.Boston MassacreMarch 1770British soldiers fired on an angry crowd in Boston.5 colonists died.
5 Taxes and Tea Boston Tea Party December 1773 Bostonians dressed as Native Americans and boarded tea ships in the Boston Harbor.They dumped all the British tea into the harbor.Liberty's Kids The Boston Tea Party
6 A War for LibertyParliament acted quickly to punish the colonists after the Boston Tea Party.Laws were passed that closed Boston’s harbor.Colonists were ordered to feed and house the British soldiers in the colonies.Many colonists began to call for independenceThe freedom to govern themselvesPhiladelphia 1774 First Continental CongressMeeting of colonial leadersCongress asked the colonies to stop trading with Britain & told colonies to prepare their militias (volunteer armies) for British attack.
7 The Revolution BeginsApril 1775 more than 700 British soldiers marched from Boston to take weapons and ammunition that the colonists had collectedWhen the British soldiers and colonists met at Lexington, shots rang out.This battle marked the start of the American Revolution.revolution a sudden, complete change of government
8 The Revolution BeginsJuly 4, 1776 Congress issued the Declaration of IndependenceDescribes the colonists’ ideas about government & listed reasons for seeking independence1777 Articles of ConfederationFirst plan of government for the United States of America, drafted by congress
9 The Revolutionary WarLiberty's Kids The American Revolution
10 Fighting in OhioMost battles were fought in the eastern United States.Some were fought in the Ohio Valley region.To defend the area, American soldiers built Fort Laurens near what is now Bolivar.
12 Fighting in OhioThe British urged Native Americans to attack settlers in the Ohio Valley.Led to many conflictsBy 1781, the United States had won the Revolutionary War.In 1783, the British and Americans signed the second Treaty of Paris.The British gave up much of their land in North America to the Americans.