Stamp Act of 1765
Taxed anything made of paper to raise revenue. Stamp Act Congress formed to repeal this, sent Ben Franklin to parliament to repeal. Large Boycotts, Sons of Liberty used terror-tactics to encourage boycott. Virginia Resolves by Patrick Henry speak out. Marquis of Rockingham convinces King to repeal
Declaratory Act of 1765
Parliament is sovereign over colonies in all situations through virtual representation. Colonials don't notice as they are still celebrating over the repeal of the Stamp Act, and therefore Britain thinks they understand and do not object
Quartering Act of 1765
Colonials are to provide quarters for British soldiers guarding the Proclamation of 1763 line. Colonials saw it as an assault to their liberties, as it made a voluntary action involuntary. The Massachusetts and New York Assembly refused to supply. Britain shuts down New York Assembly, passes Townshend Duties
Townshend Duties of 1773
Taxed goods imported from the colonies to England like lead, paper, and paint. The Colonials figured it was to raise revenue, and an assault on the rights of one provincial government was a precedent for them all. Massachusetts assembly circulates letter to call for action, massive boycott. The British withdraw the acts.
Tea Act of 1773
The Tea Act made it so only colonials had to pay navigation taxes in an attempt to save the East India Company by removing taxes on tea. This causes the Boston Tea Party, and the British pass the Coercive Acts, close the Boston port, decreased power of colonial assemblies, and let british officials be tried in different colonies and England.
Coercive Acts of 1774
Closed Boston Port until reimbursement for tea, and called for Boston Tea Party participants to be handed over to England. The colonials set up the committee of correspondence, the First Continental Congress meets. Colonials foresee a fight for their rights, but not yet for independence. In 1775 British soldiers are sent to Boston to arrest any insurgents and collect all weapons.