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Tea Act

outraged many colonists and prompted the Boston Tea Party

Stamp Act

passed by British Parliament and required colonists to pay tax on every piece of paper they used, even playing cards

Why did Euopeans want to explore America?

looking for resources such as gold, fish, fur, gems, wood, sugar, teas, spices, as well as a quicker trade route to the East

Proclamation of 1763

prohibited (stopped) settlement of whites onto Indian Territory

3/5th's Compromise

an agreement between Northern and Southern states, only 3/5 of the slave population could be counted for tax purposes

American Revolution

a conflict between Great Britain and 13 colonies and resulted in the forming of the USA

Revolutinary War

the colonists defeated the British and won their independence

Boston Massacre

between a patriot mob throwing snowballs, sticks, and mud at British soldiers and resulted in the British soldiers killing 5 colonists or patriots

Taxation without Representation

a phrase that reflected the resentment of the American colonists at being taxed by the British Parliament, the colonists had representation for their needs in the colonies and they felt this was unfair since they were paying taxes

New England

NE part of US, Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut
thick forests, good natural harbors, seafood, ship building

Middle Colonies

New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware
rich soil, rice, corn, tobacco, indigo, exported to Europe and West Indies

Southern Colonies

Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia (slaves did most of the work) tobacco, rice, indigo

Factors that Encourged European exploration

trade, expansion (making their country bigger) wealth, discovery, technology (improved ship building)


name given to those who did not want to remain loyal to Great Britain


name given to those colonists who did want to remain loyal to Britain

Declaraton of Independence

July 4, 1776 this document was adopted and our nation was officially born declaring that we were officially free of Britain's rule

Declaration of Independence

Thomas Jefferson along with 4 other men wrote this announcing the colonies separation from England

Bill of Rights

written by James Madison and consisted of the first 10 Amendments to the Constitution


outlines the operation and central principles of American government

Constitutinal Convention

the convention that created the document that became the Constitution

Intolerable Acts

thngs done by the British that the colonists felt were wrong and an attempt to deny them representation (Tea Act, Stamp Act etc.)

Boston Tea Party

a result of the British Tea Act, 50 colonists dressed as Indians boarded a British ship and threw their cargo overboard

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