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1607
the first permanent english settlement
1776
Declaration of Independence
albany plan of union
proposal by Benjamin Franklin to create one government for the 13 colonies
battle of saratoga
a battle during the American Revolution (1777)
battle of yorktown
the last battle of the revolution
battles of lexington and concord
1775
boston massacre
conflict between colonists and british soldiers in which four colonists were killed
boston tea party
protest against increased tea prices in which colonists dumped british tea into boston harbor
boycott
refuse to buy
coercive acts
name of the British laws to punish the colonists for staging the Boston Tea Party
common sense
a pamphlet written by Thomas Paine that claimed the colonies had a right to be an independent nation
declaration of independence
the document recording the proclamation of the second Continental Congress (4 July 1776) asserting the independence of the colonies from Great Britain
declaratory act
Act passed in 1766 just after the repeal of the Stamp Act. Stated that Parliament could legislate for the colonies in all cases.
french and indian war
a war in North America between France and Britain (both aided by indian tribes)
george washington
1st President of the United States
intolerable acts
A series of laws set up by Parliament to punish Massachusetts for its protests against the British
john adams
2nd President of the United States (1735-1826)
king george III
King of England during the American Revolution
loyalist
a person who is loyal to their allegiance (especially in times of revolt)
minutemen
Member of a militia during the American Revolution who could be ready to fight in sixty seconds
patrick henry
a leader of the American Revolution and a famous orator who spoke out against British rule of the American colonies (1736-1799)
patriot
one who loves and defends his or her country
paul revere
American silversmith remembered for his midnight ride (celebrated in a poem by Longfellow) to warn the colonists in Lexington and Concord that British troops were coming (1735-1818)
proclamation of 1763
law forbidding english colonists to settle west of the appalachian mountains
quartering act
an act passed by the British that allowed British troops to live in the homes of the colonists
samuel adams
American Revolutionary leader and patriot
stamp act
an act passed by the British parliment in 1756 that raised revenue from the American colonies by a duty in the form of a stamp required on all newspapers and legal or commercial documents
taxation without representation
the major cause of the American Revolutiontea act thomas jefferson
tea act
tax on tea; made the east india company the only tea company allowed to colonists; reason for Tea Party (1773)
thomas jefferson
3rd President of the United States
thomas paine
author of Common Sense
townshend acts
A tax that the British Parliament placed on leads, glass, paint and tea
treaty of paris
This treaty ended the Seven Years War
unalienable rights
rights that cannot be taken away
benjamin franklin
printer whose success as an author led him to take up politics