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French and Indian War

a war in North America between France and Britain (both aided by indian tribes)

Navigation Acts

Laws passed by the British to control colonial trade

Stamp Act

the tax on legal documents

Townshend Acts

A tax that the British Parliament placed on leads, glass, paint and tea

Sons of Liberty

Groups of Patriots who worked to oppose British rule before the American Revolution

Daughters of Liberty

women joined and protested British policies

Samuel Adams

Leader of the Boston Sons of Liberty

John Adams

Lawyer who defended British soldiers in the Boston Massacre trial. He believed in "innocent until proven guilty."

Boston Massacre

a 1770 conflict in which five colonists were killed by British troops

Triangular Trade

colonial trade route between New England, the West Indies, and Africa


refusal to buy or sell certain products or services


To cancel

Nonimportation Agreements

agreements to boycott British goods and instead make their own

Committee of Correspondence

group of colonists who wrote letters and pamphlets reporting on British actions

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