Thomas Hutchinson Dinner Riots

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Chapter 5 terms Thomas Hutchinson—chief justice and lieutenant governor of Massachusetts. When he and his family were eating dinner riots came. They barely had time to escape. The immediate cause of the riot was the Stamp Act. 7 years war (French and Indian war)—parliament supports colonial expansion against the French. French and Algonquin against English and Iroquois. The French lose. British gain ½ of North America Virtual representation—held that each member represented the entire empire, not just his own district—the interests of all who lived under the British crown were supposedly take into account. The Sugar Act- introduced by Prime Minister George Grenville, reduced the existing tax on molasses imported into North America from…show more content…
The Declaratory Act which rejected Americans’ claims that only their elected representatives could levy taxes. Parliament, proclaimed this measure, possessed the power to pass laws for. Carolina backcountry calling themselves Regulators protested the under representation of western settlements in the colony’s assembly and the leg isolators’ failure to establish local governments that could regularize land titles and suppress bands of outlaws. Green Mountain Boys- small farmers in the green mountains took up arms to protect their holdings against intrusions by New York landlords. Townshend Crisis- the government in London decided to impose a new set of taxes on Americans. They were devised by the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Charles Townshend. In opposing the Stamp Act, some colonists, including Benjamin Franklin, had seemed to suggest that they would not object if Britain raised revenue by regulating trade. Townshend persuaded Parliament to impose new taxes on goods imported into the colonies and to create a new board of customs commissioners to collect them and suppress smuggling. The Boston Massacre- a fight between a snowball throwing crowd of Bostonians and British troops escalated into an armed confrontation that left five Bostonians…show more content…
In September 1774, a convention of delegates from Massachusetts towns approved a series of resolutions that urged Americas to refuse obedience to the new laws, withhold taxes, and prepare for war. It was bringing together the most political leaders of twelve mainland colonies. Second Continental Congress- war had broken out between British soldiers and armed citizens of Massachusetts. On April 19 a force of British soldiers marched from Boston toward at the nearby town of Concord seeking to seize arms being stockpiled there. Riders from Boston warned local leaders of the troops approach. Common Sense- America presented the unusual spectacle of colonist at war against the British Empire but still pleading for their rights within in. Thomas Paine- most of his ideas were not original. The Declaration of Independence- On July 2, 1776, the congress formally declared the United States an independent nation. Two days later, it approved the Declaration of Independence, written by Thomas Jefferson and revised by the Congress before approve. Most of the Declaration consists of a lengthy list of grievances directed against King George
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