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Taxes Lead to Upset Colonies

Taxes Lead to Upset Colonies

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Major Events That Led to the American Revolution

The road to revolution built slowly over time. Many events fed to the growing desire of the thirteen colonies for independence. Following are the major events that led to the Revolution.

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Proclamation of 1763

This prohibited settlement beyond the Appalachian Mountains. While Britain did not intend to harm the colonists, many colonists took offense at this order.

Sugar Act of 1764

This act raised revenue by increasing duties on sugar imported from the West Indies

Currency Act of 1764

Parliament argued that colonial currency had caused a devaluation harmful to British trade. They banned American assemblies from issuing paper bills or bills of credit.

Quartering Act of 1765

Britain ordered that colonists were to house and feed British soldiers if necessary.

Stamp Act of 1964

This required tax stamps on many items and documents including playing cards, newspapers, and marriage licenses. Prime Minister George Grenville stated that this direct tax was intended for the colonies to pay for defense. Previous taxes imposed by Britain had been indirect, or hidden.

Townshend Act of 1767

These taxes were imposed to help make the colonial officials independent of the colonists and included duties on glass, paper, and tea. Smugglers increased their activities to avoid the tax leading to more troops in Boston.

Tea Act of 1773

These taxes were imposed to help make the colonial officials independent of the colonists and included duties on glass, paper, and tea. Smugglers increased their activities to avoid the tax leading to more troops in Boston.

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