Presentation on theme: "Stamp Act - 1765 British ActionBritish Action –Britain Passes the Stamp Act, a tax law requiring colonists to purchase special stamped paper for printed."— Presentation transcript:
Stamp Act - 1765 British ActionBritish Action –Britain Passes the Stamp Act, a tax law requiring colonists to purchase special stamped paper for printed items. Colonial ReactionColonial Reaction –Colonists harass stamp distributors, boycott British goods, and prepare a Declaration of rights and grievances.
Townshend Acts - 1767 British ActionBritish Action –Britain taxes certain colonial imports and stations troops at major colonial ports to protect customs officers. Colonial ReactionColonial Reaction –Colonists protest “taxation without representation” and organize new boycott of imported goods.
Boston Massacre - 1770 British Action –British troops stationed in Boston are taunted by an angry mob. The troops fire into the crowd, killing five men. Colonial Reaction –Colonial agitators label the conflict a “massacre” and publish a dramatic engraving depicting the violence
Tea Act - 1773 British ActionBritish Action –Britain gives the East India Company special concession in the colonial tea business and shuts out colonial tea merchants. Colonial ReactionColonial Reaction –Colonists in Boston rebel, dumping 15,000 pounds of East India Company tea into Boston Harbor.
Intolerable Acts - 1774 British ActionBritish Action –King George tightens control over Massachusetts by closing Boston Harbor and quartering troops. Colonial ReactionColonial Reaction –Colonial Leaders form the First Continental Congress and draw up a declaration of colonial rights.
Lexington & Concord - 1775 British ActionBritish Action –General Gage orders troops to march to Concord, Massachusetts, and seize colonial weapons. Colonial ReactionColonial Reaction –Minutemen intercept the British and engage in battle - first at lexington, and then at Concord.
You decide. Background: You are a wealthy Boston Merchant during the 1770s. Business is good. You are an active and popular member of the social scene. You know that if you join the Patriot cause of independence, you could be accused of Treason and lose everything. Question: Would you support the Patriots in their cause of independence? Why or why not?