American colonists who fought for independence from Great Britain during the Revolutionary War.
Also known as Tories, the term refers to those Americans who remained loyal to Great Britain during the Revolution.
A force of armed civilians pledged to defend their community during the American Revolution. "Page 154, C.A.B." Also known as an emergency military force that is not part of the regular army.
oppressive government that employs cruel and unjust use of power and authority over it's citizens.
A strategy of refusing to purchase goods or refusing to cooperate with an organization or government in order to protest practices that are regarded as unfair.
A 1765 law passed by Parliament that required all legal and commercial documents to carry an official stamp showing a tax had been paid
The TOWNSHEND ACTS
A series of laws passed by Parliament in 1767 that suspended New York's assembly and established taxes on goods brought into the British colonies.
Law allowing British merchants to sell their tea for less than colonial merchants. Colonists reacted with the Boston Tea Party.
BOSTON TEA PARTY
A raid on three British ships in Boston Harbor (December 16, 1773) in which Boston colonists, disguised as Indians, threw the contents of several hundred chests of tea into the harbor as a protest against British taxes on tea and against the monopoly granted the East India Company.
A series of laws enacted by Parliament in 1774 to punish Massachusetts colonists for the Boston Tea Party.
SONS OF LIBERTY
A radical political organization for colonial independence which formed in 1765 after the passage of the Stamp Act. They incited riots and burned the customs houses where the stamped British paper was kept. After the repeal of the Stamp Act, many of the local chapters formed the Committees of Correspondence which continued to promote opposition to British policies towards the colonies. The Sons leaders included Samuel Adams and Paul Revere.
COMMITTEES OF CORRESPONDENCE
A group of people in the colonies who exchanged letters on colonial affairs. This system of communication was used to help spread the word about the colonial resistance movement, Committees of Correspondence, organized by patriot leader Samuel Adams, was a system of communication between patriot leaders in New England and throughout the colonies. They provided the organization necessary to unite the colonies in opposition to Parliament. The committees sent delegates to the First Continental Congress.
The legislature of Great Britain and was the chief lawmaking body for England and was the model used by the colonists for representative democracy.
French and Indian War
Was a war fought by French and English on American soil over control of the Ohio River Valley-- English defeated French in1763. Historical Significance: established England as number one world power and began to gradually change attitudes of the colonists toward England for the worse.
Proclamation of 1763
A proclamation from the British government which forbade British colonists from settling west of the Appalacian Mountains, and which required any settlers already living west of the mountains to move back east.
It allowed for British officers to be permitted to stay in the homes of colonials to cut down maintenance cost of the colonial garrison. It angered many colonists, and influenced the third amendment.
law passed by the British Parliament setting taxes on molasses and sugar imported by the colonies
King George III
King of England, stubborn, stupid, levied taxes even though he knew colonist would hate it, poor ruler, passed Quartering Act, hated colonists, wanted to show who's in charge.
British soldiers fired into a crowd of colonists who were teasing and taunting them. Five colonists were killed. The colonists blamed the British and the Sons of Liberty and used this incident as an excuse to promote the Revolution.
First Continental Congress
Delegates from all colonies except Georgia met to discuss problems with Britain and to promote independence in Philadelphia in 1774.
The African-Native American man who was the first man to die in the Boston Massacre, also considered the first death in the Revolutionary War.
Created the famous engraving of the Boston Massacre stirring up deep colonial resentment for the British army and Great Britain in general.
The lawyer responsible for defending the British soldiers who were accused of murder after the Boston Massacre. He did so because he believed that everyone deserved a fair trial. His actions cost him friends and future clients
(1736-1799) A leader of the American Revolution and a famous orator who spoke out against British rule of the American colonies. He is famous for the phrase "Give me Liberty or give me death"
Battles of Lexington and Concord
The battles of Lexington and Concord initiated the Revolutionary War between the American colonists and the British. British governor Thomas Gage sent troops to Concord to stop the colonists who were loading arms. The next day, on April 19, 1775, the first shots were fired in Lexington, starting the war. The battles resulted in a British retreat to Boston
A member of the American colonial militia members ready to fight at a minute's notice.