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American Revolution

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Colonists
persons who live in a colony
Congress
meeting of representatives who have the authority to make decisions
Currency
money that is used in a country
Duty
government tax on imports or exports
Liberty
freedom
Loyalists
colonists who supported the British monarch and laws
Massacre
killing of people who cannot defend themselves
Militia
volunteer army
Minuteman
member of Massachusetts colony militia who could quickly be ready to fight the British
Parliament
part of the British government in which members make laws for the British people
Petition
request for action signed by many people
Pocket books
a pocket sized case for holding paper money
Proclamation
official announcement
Quarter
provide or pay for housing
Rebel
person who fights against, or will not obey, the law
Repeal
do away with a law
Representation
speaking on behalf of someone
Tariff
tax on goods brought into a country
Tax
money that is paid by people to run the country
Tyranny
cruel use of authority
Self-government
people make their own laws
Ally, allies
a friend, especially in time of war
Boycott
refusal to buy goods or services
American Revolution
The war between Great Britain and its thirteen American colonies from 1775 to 1783 that led to the founding of the United States of America.
assembly
A lawmaking body
Battle of Bunker Hill
Costly British 'victory' in 1775 over Colonial forces at a site near Charleston, Massachusetts
Boston Tea Party
A 1773 protest against British taxes in which Boston colonists disguised as Mohawks dumped valuable tea into Boston Harbor.
Committees of Correspondence
Groups organized in the 1770s to keep colonists informed of important events.
delegate
A member of an elected assembly.
First Continental Congress
The assembly of colonial delegates from every colony except Georgia that met in 1774 in Philadelphia to oppose the Intolerable Acts.
Intolerable Acts
The laws passed by the British Parliament in 1774 that closed Boston Harbor, dissolved the Massachusetts assembly, and forced Boston colonists to house British soldiers.
Sons of Liberty
Groups of colonists who organized themselves to protest against the British government.
Stamp Act
A law passed by the British Parliament in 1765 requiring colonists to pay a tax on newspapers, pamphlets, legal documents, and even playing cards.
town meeting
Gathering of a town's citizens to discuss and solve local problems.