S: American Revolution & Declaration of Independence
FC: American Revolution & Declaration of Independence
1: Table of Contents | Page 1~The Royal Proclamation Page 2~The Quebec Act Page 3~The Stamp Act Page 4~The Boston Massacre Page 5~The Boston Tea Party Page 6~The Proclamation of Independence
2: The Royal Proclamation | The Royal Proclamation was issued in 1763 by the king. The proclamation cut off land speculation west of the Appalachian Mountains. Now settlers from the 13 colonies could not move to different area's. This satisfied the Natives because now they would have no trespasser's on their land. The colonists now believed that the government was only interested in Britain and not the Anglo Americans. They thought they weren't true equals.
3: The Quebec Act | The Quebec Act was passed in 1774 making Quebec a new British Colony. This was good good for the French and Canadian, but the Americans disagreed with it. The Quebec Act recognized importance in Catholic Church, kept French law, and English Criminal Law was introduced. Quebec's boundaries were also put farther north and west. But the Quebec Act gave secret instructions to the governor, who was supposed to introduce English Civil Law and suppress Catholic Church. When the bishop of Quebec found out, the governor promised o follow the first plan.The Quebec Act had old feudal rights of the church. The people were very upset because they had expected to get an elected assembly and to keep their language and traditions. The Quebec Act was made to keep Canadians loyal to Britain. The bond between the American colonists and Britain was falling apart. The Americans wanted larger territory, but the Quebec Act prevented them from expansion. The Americans also wanted more democracy and the Anglo-Saxons thought the Quebec Act was "Intolerable."
4: The Stamp Act | The Stamp Act was passed in 1765. It was made so that the Americans would have to pay a small tax on goods. The tax was a stamp that would have to be paid for to go on the product that was being bought. The money from the Stamp Act was to pay for defending the American colonies. The American knew they were being taxed without consent so in their words they reused "taxation without representation." News of the Stamp Act traveled to the towns of the colonies and newspapers and protests broke out. When officers were sent out to enforce the tax they were usually attacked. Lot's of government officials houses were destroyed by mobs. Most politicians sided with the Americans. The Act was a horrible mistake and was repealed in 1766. The British still wanted money so they created a new tax on tea and some goods. More protests happened and again the tax was stopped, except for on the tea.
5: Boston Massacre | In 1770 British soldiers fired muskets into mob of Boston protesters. This was called the Boston Massacre.Violent events occurred over the next few years, proving that American colonies were on the line of revolution. The colonies were led by colonial leaders who called themselves Sons of Liberty. In 1773, 50 Sons of Liberty tossed tea into the harbor.
6: Boston Tea Party | The Boston Tea Part was pretty important and very organized, When the Quebec Act was passed in 1774 all colonies sent delegates to first continental congress. The leaders boycotted all the goods from England. British General Gage prepared his troops,
7: Declaration of Independence | The fighting continued but the Colonial delegates of Continental congress met up whenever they could. Independence was the only option. Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, and John Adams agreed on the decision. Together they decided to write a statement to declare their independence from Britain. Mostly written by Thomas Jefferson, the Declaration of Independence was created in 1776. It is a statement of principles of democracy and freedom.