[1754 - 1763] 
 
The French and Indian War sent Great Britain in a whirlwind of debt. There was way too much money they needed and no where to get it from. So they hatched a plan: tax all the colonists and govern new laws. At this blunt proposition, the thirteen colonies grew mad. Everything from sugar to paper was being taxed and the new laws made living unbearable. This war helped shape America to what it is today because without it, the colonists never would have gotten upset with the British and stood up to them. The colonies would never have gone to war and would still be under British rule today.

[April 5th, 1764]
 
 
 
The Sugar Act created a hassle for colonists as the British increased price on sugar imported from the West Indies. Every ounce of sugar was taxed, however it was small, but the colonists knew what it had the ability to 
lead to. It was also passed during the time of economic depression thus causing an even lower state of poverty. Eventually the colonists began to boycotting and that is when the British understood them properly. Their protests 
lead to the resolution of the act. 
[March 5th, 1770]


The Boston Massacre is often referred to as a ‘street fight’ because that is almost exactly what it was. On March 5th, 1770, a 
brawl broke out between a patriot group and British redcoats. Snowballs and punches were thrown and three people died. This 
event did not largely shape America, but it did serve a special purpose. It helped to teach a lesson: the people of Boston were mad and they were not about to go down without a fight. Great Britain underestimated the power of simple colonists and thus that lead them to believe they were not a threat.
[June 9th, 1772]



The Gaspee was a British Royal Navy ship assigned to customs duty. Customs ships would patrol the sea off the coast of America 
and would regularly stop merchant ships to examine their cargo for illegal goods. On June 9th, 1772, the Gaspee was chasing a merchant 
ship believed to be smuggling goods. After that night, a group of men boarded the ship and eventually set it on fire. The British wanted 
desperately to find out who had done the deed and were willing to offer a reward to anyone that could identify the people responsible. 
But no one did. This lead to the British once again trying to gain more power over the colonies. The British tried to eliminate the colonies 
ability to control the governor by withholding salary and the colonies saw this as a another step to put them under British rule, something 
of which they did not want.

[September 5th-October 26th, 1774]
 
 
 
The First Continental Congress was sort of a mockery of Great Britain. Representatives from all the colonies (except for Georgia) came together in Philadelphia to discuss their response to Britain’s ‘Intolerable Acts’ and what they could do to change the situation. They wanted to appear solid, united and independent against England. America has always held much pride in their country, even before they came together as an actual country.

[May 10th, 1775]

The Second Continental Congress began on May 10th, 1775, and was held between representatives of the thirteen colonies. With the Battle of Lexington and Concord fresh in their minds, they established the militia as the Continental Army to represent the thirteen states. George Washington was also elected as Commander in Chief of the army and later went on to become the first president of the United States of America. This congress shaped America greatly. It proved how strong and put-together the colonies really were and how easily Britain overlooked that.

[March 12th, 1781]

The Articles of Confederation were established to define a new central government for America. At the time, the Second Continental 
Congress was leading everything. Eventually, they appointed a committee to draft the Articles of Confederation. They were distinctive with keeping the federal government powers separate from those of the states. Since the Articles were adopted in March 1781, the Congress continued to act on behalf of the federal government and directed the war effort.
[September 3rd, 1783]

The Treaty of Paris officially ended the American Revolution and helped the United States stand on its own as an independent nation. When the British were made aware of the surrender in Yorktown, there was much uproar. It was not possible that a bunch 
of farmers and free-men had beaten entire troops. However, they had and on September 3rd, 1783, the Treaty of Paris was signed, giving America its own name. The British understood to not misjudge a few colonists and that even a group of nobodies can change the course of the future.
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Welcome to America
Welcome. From the European exploration of the New World to the establishment of the thirteen colonies and the Seven Years War (also known as the French and Indian War), discover the steps to the American Revolution.

Student Information:
Name - Rida Khushi
Teacher - Mr. Collings
Grade - 11
The American Revolution
a walk of liberty