The British were taxing everything and made life very difficult for the colonists which made them very angry. The new acts and laws put on the colonists created much tension between the two continents. Using the Great Debate, we see that Laws vs. Ethics occurs. The laws (Stamp Act, Quartering Act, Sugar Act, Tea Act, Currency Act, Declatory Act, Writs of Assistence) were made by the British, but were not ethical for anyone. The only reason the acts were passed was to make money for England and to gain a tighter grasp on the colonies. Some events that led up to the revolution include the Boston Massacre,Gaspee Incident, the Boston Tea Party, First Continental Congress, Lexinton and Concord, Second Continental congress, Olive branch petition, and the Declaration of Independance.
Road to Revolution; events that led America to Independance:
Boston Massacre- A group of rebels were throwing things at the Redcoats and were yelling at them. One of the Redcoats got hit with a club which led to a rebel getting shot. Five colonists died due to the shooting.
Gaspee Incident- Colonists burned the ship “Gaspee” because it was following a ship that was smuggling goods
Boston Tea Party- About 200 men dumped 3 ships worth of tea into the Boston Harbor
First Continental Congress- delagates came together and decided on what laws were fair or not fair
Lexington and Concord- Redcoats were given orders to retrieve colonists guns and supplies, but the colonists faught them off. The first shot was known as the “Shot heard around the world”
Second Continental congress-At this meeting, colonists created a militia and elected George Washington as the chief of the continental militia
Olive Branch Petition- A letter was written to England declaring colonist’s loyalty to them in order to avoid a war. This did not work out.
Declaration of Independance- 55 Colonists wrote up the Declaration of Independance after America won the war.
Due to the previous events stated, America is the free country it is today.