American Revolution Timeline

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Marcus Lopez 1/23/12 U.S. History Timeline of the American Revolution 1754-1763: The French and Indian War: It marked the beginning of conflicts between Great Britain and the American colonists. Because the war was so costly, Parliament decided it had to raise money in the colonies to pay for the part of the 7 Years War that took place in the American colonies (French and Indian War). The result was a crackdown on smuggling in the colonies, collection of custom duties, and the resistance to these measures by the colonies. The conflict about representation in Parliament for the colonies began in earnest 22 March 1765: The Stamp Act: The Stamp Act was passed along with the others to raise money for the wars England was in. This was the final straw for the colonists who were already grumbling and ready to protest the taxes they were paying already. Also, these taxes were forced on the people without their consent. Today we send people to congress to vote on whether a tax is needed or wanted. This was the act that tipped the balance over in deciding to go to war for independence. April 5, 1764: The Sugar Act: The Molasses Act of 1733 placed a high tariff on sugar. As a result, American importers found it difficult and avoided paying the tariff. In order to prevent bribery and corruption that resulted from not wanting to pay this tariff, the Sugar Act of 1764 was introduced. Its significance, apart from to stop American importers from bribing the custom collectors, was to lower the tariff and to ensure that the lower tariff was being collected March 5, 1770: The Boston Massacre: The Boston Massacre caused tensions to rise enormously between the Americans and British because this was the first killing that occurred. The Americans realized that the British were not there to help them, but instead to put an end to their liberty. This was a leading cause to the
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