Declaration of Independence

Events leading up to the War

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Liberty Boys
a group of georgians who opposed the stamp act; part of the larger sons of liberty
Second Continental Congress
Political authority that directed the struggle for independence beginning in 1775.
First Continental Congress
Delagates from all colonies except georgia met to discuss problems with britain and to promote independence
Lexington and Concord
"The Shot Heard Round the World"- The first battle of the Revolution in which British general Thomas Gage went after the stockpiled weapons of the colonists in Concord, Massachusetts.
Battle of Bunker Hill
(also known as Breed's Hill) in June 1775 the colonists seized this hill from which they menaced the enemy in Boston; the British, instead of cutting off the retreat of their foes by flanking them, blundered bloodily when they launched a frontal attack with 3000 men; the americans (numbering 1500) strongly entrenched, mowed down the redcoats; however, the colonists' scanty supply of gunpowder ran out and they were forced to abandon the hill.
Thomas Jefferson
"all men are created equal" Declaration of Independence (main writer), 3rd president
Stamp Act
1765; law that taxed printed goods, including: playing cards, documents, newspapers, etc.
Intolerable Acts
in response to Boston Tea Party, 4 acts passed in 1774, Port of Boston closed, reduced power of assemblies in colonies, permitted royal officers to be tried elsewhere, provided for quartering of troop's in barns and empty houses
Boston Tea Party
A 1773 protest against British taxes in which Boston colonists disguised as Mohawks dumped valuable tea into Boston Harbor.
Quebec Act
1744, law passed by Parliament in response to the Boston Tea Party, Expanded the borders of Canada, took land away from the colonies and gave it to Quebec, tried to take away colonies local self-rights
Townshend Acts
taxes on glass, paint, tea, and lead
Proclamation of 1763
Prohibited English settlement west of the Appalachian Mountains. Enraged colonists who had just won the territory in the French and Indian War.
French and Indian War
Called the Seven Years' War in Europe.