Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018
Chapter 2, Section 3 / Declaring Independence (p49)
The American Revolution
- A tax on all documents (newspapers, legal documents and others).
- This was done without representation in the British Parliament
- “No Taxation without Representation”
- Boston Massacre, March 1770
- A scuffle between colonists and British Soldiers in Faneuil Hall led to the death of 5 colonists. Crispus Attucks is the most famous colonist who was killed.
- The British troops were prosecuted in court and their lawyer was Sam Adams.
- December 16, 1773 colonists (Sons of Liberty) dressed up as Mohawk Indians and tossed barrels of British Tea into the Boston Harbor. This was done to protest another tax that was put upon the tea.
Boston Port Act
An act to discontinue, in such manner, and for or such time as are therein mentioned, the landing and discharging, lading or shipping, of goods, wares, and merchandise, at the town, and within the harbour, of Boston, in the province of Massachusetts Bay, in North America.
Massachusetts Government Act
An Act for the better regulating the government of the province of the Massachusetts Bay in New England.
Administration of Justice Act
An act for the impartial administration of justice in the case of persons questioned for any acts done by them in the execution of the law, or for the suppression of riots and tumults, in the province of the Massachusetts Bay, in New England.
An Act for making effectual Provision for the Government of the Province of Quebec in North America.
Lexington and Concord
- On April 18, 1775 nearly 700 British Soldiers marched out of Boston to Lexington. Along the way they met with Minutemen, young men who would immobilize in a minutes notice to defend the colonists.
- This battle at Lexington Green became known as the “shot heard ‘round the world” as it is began the American Revolution.
- As the British soldiers headed to Concord more Minutemen showed up and they chased the British soldiers back to Boston.
After the battle the Second Continental Congress met and created the Continental Army under the leadership of General George Washington.
During this time, the Battle of Bunker Hill was fought (actually Breed’s Hill)