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Why Did The American Revolution Happen?



Table Of Contents

1.-- Intro--------------3


2.-- Boston Tea Party---4-5


3.-- French And Indian War---6-7


4.--Stamp Act----------------------------- 8-9












Have you ever wondered why the American Revolution actually happened? Well, we’re here to tell you why. First, we will talk about the Boston Tea Party. Then, we will talk about the French And Indian (A.K.A. The 7 Years War). finally , we’ll talk about the Stamp Act. It’ll be FUN!!!!!





The Boston Tea Party


The Boston Tea Party was a political protest by The Sons of Liberty in Boston on December 16, 1773. The Boston Tea Party (initially referred to by John Adams as "The Destruction of the Tea in Boston.” The colonists dressed themselves as Mohawk Indians and dumped the tea into the Boston Harbor. The tea party occurred in between the hours of 7:00 and 10:00 pm and lasted about three hours. If measured in today’s financial terms, the value of the more than 92,000 pounds of tea dumped into the Boston Harbor would be around $1 million. For fear of punishment, many participants of the Boston Tea Party remained anonymous for many years after the event. To date it is known that 116 people are documented to have participated. Not all of the participants of the Boston Tea Party are known; many carried the secret of their participation to their graves.The participants were off all ages, but the majority of the documented participants was under the age of forty. Sixteen participants were teenagers, and only nine men were above the age of forty.There were three British ships involved in the tea party. The vast majority was of English descent, but men of Irish, Scottish, French, Portuguese, and African ancestry were documented to have also participated. Many of the Boston Tea Party participants fled Boston immediately after the destruction of the tea to avoid arrest.



The most famous picture of the Boston



Tea Party.


The French And Indian War


The French And Indian War lasted from 1754-1763. It started because the Britishsettlers along the coast were upset that French troops would now be close to the western borders of their colonies.At the start of the war, the French North American colonies had a population of roughly 60,000 European settlers,compared with 2 million in the British North American colonies. Both sides wanted the Upper Ohio Valley.In reply, the French encouraged their tribal allies among the North American natives to attack the British. In retaliation,the British  harassed French shipping. They kept stopping French ships full of supplies and stealing the supplies they carried.







A picture of the French and


Indian War.


Stamp Act  


British national debt nearly tripled to almost £329,586,789 by 1764. The British were trying to find some way to get that money. They decided to tax the colonists. They were protecting the colonists, so shouldn’t the colonists pay for Britain protection? After a while,the British generated over £100,000 in tax money. It worked by forcing people to spend money on stamps because to buy something, it was required to have an official stamp on most legal documents. The system was almost self-regulating. Debate in the colonies over the Stamp Act had actually begun in the spring of 1764. When people realized how unfair it was, people chanted, “No Taxation Without Representation” The highest tax was £10. 75% of British adult males were not represented in Parliament. The men hated it. Andrew Oliver’s effigy was hanged because of an angry mob of colonists. It was burned because he collected the hated tax.    The colonists did not have any representatives in the British legislature which sparked violent protests. The Stamp Act helped bring the colonists together, and people started to think of themselves as not thirteen colonies, but as an independent America. In addition, merchants in the colonies agreed not to import goods from Britain which made many British business men angry.   The Parliament did repeal the act in 1766,and people celebrated by putting up a statue of King George The Third. (The statue would later be taken down.)



A picture of a coloinist's painting of the


Stamp Act.







1. Political                              Relating to politics 


2. Finanicial                           Pertaining to monetary receipts


and expenditures 


3. Retaliation                          Return of like for like


4. Legal                                    Permitted by law 


5. Effigy                                    a crude representation of


someone disliked, used for purposes of ridicule           




American Revolution,1

Boston Tea Party,4,5