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Events leading to the US Declaration of Independence 3
By Jonathan Pinet

  1. 1764

    Sugar Act

    "British Parliament adopted the Sugar Act to make taxes on sugar imported by the American colonies effective, which led to anger against Britain."

  2. 1765

    Stamp Act

    "To help finance the troops in North America, Britain adopted the Stamp Act, to tax the colonies and require certain printed materials be on paper produced in Britain."

  3. 1765

    Quartering Act

    "The British Parliament adopted two Acts requiring the American colonies to provide housing and food to British soldiers in the area."

  4. 1767

    Townshend Acts

    "Series of measures by Chancellor of the Exchequer Charles Townshend raising duties on some products in the American colonies, in order to pay salaries of governors and judges loyal to Britain and enforce compliance with trade legislation."

  5. 1770

    Boston Massacre

    "Amid tension between locals and British soldiers in Boston, a mob formed around a British sentry, and the soldiers shot and killed 5 people. This was a key event in mobilizing the colonists to the Patriot cause."

  6. 1773

    Tea Act

    "In order to bail out the British East India Company, in financial distress, the British Parliament adopted the Tea Act, effectively granting the company monopoly on tea trade in the colonies, and the duties colonists have to pay on such goods."

  7. 1773

    Boston Tea Party

    "In response to the Tea Act, protesters in Boston destroyed an entire shipment of tea from the East India Company. This became an iconic event in American history."

  8. 1774

    Intolerable Acts

    "The Coercitive Acts (for Britain), or the Intolerable Acts (for the colonies), were a series of punitive measures adopted by Britain against the colonies in response to the Boston Tea Party, bringing the two sides ever close to conflict."

  9. 1776

    US Declaration of Independence

    "At war with Britain, the thirteen American colonies declared their independence, regarding themselves as independent states no longer under British law. "

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