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The Revolutionary War
The Events Leading up to the Revolutionary War


The Events Leading up to the Revolutionary War
The Battles of the War
The French in the War
Women, Native Americans, and African Americans in the War
Famous People of Revolutionary War
Strengths and Weaknesses
End of the War

This web page tells about the events that lead to the Revolutionary War.

The Revolutionary War started when the Declaration of Independence was writen and signed. Many events lead up to the the signing and eventually the war. The bills, acts and proclamations that lead up to the war are listed below. These lead to war beacause of one saying, "No taxation without representation." That refered to Britain taxing the colonies without tham having a representative in British Parliament. That is what mainly started the Revolutionary War.

The Bills, Acts, and Proclamations
Proclamation of 1763-Drew an imaginary line along the Appalation Mountains. It made it forbidden to settle west of it in Native American land. This angered colonists. Most just ignored it.
Quartering Act-Stated that colonists had to provide houseing, candles, bedding, food, and drink to British troops. Colonists protested this.
Intolerable Acts-Multiple Acts to punish Boston for the Boston Tea Party. The first act shut down the port of Boston, the second act limited the number of town meetings in Boston to one, the third act stated that if a custom officer or any other officer commited a major crime they would have their trial in Britain, and the final act was a new Quartering act.
The following taxes were put in place to help pay for the French and Indian War.
Stamp Act-Placed tax on all legal documents like wills, diplomas, marriage papers, newspapers, playing cards, almanacs, and dice. The colonists rioted over it.
Sugar Act-Placed tax on molasses.
Townshend Act-Taxed glass, paper, paint, lead, and tea. Colonists protested
over the act. 
Tea Act-This act said that the East India Tea Company could sell tea directly to colonists not to tea merchants. The tea would be at its lowest price ever. The colonists still objected

The Boston Tea Party.

An old tea pot.

This is a stamp from the Stamp Act.