ABC's of the American Revolution


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a b c s of the american revolution jocelyn sotolongo 5th period september 11 2012


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a crispus attucks one of the first to be killed at the boston massacre on march 5th 1770 crispus attucks was part native american and part african the massacre he participated in started initially because colonists were upset that british soldiers were taking their jobs when they weren t even wanted there in the first place crispus attucks and others started taunting british guards outside the customs house when firing broke out british soldiers attacked defenseless american colonists and dockhands the massacre was one of the key tensions that led to the american revolution.


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b boston tea party because of the tea act an act in which the british east india company could sell tea to the colonists free of tax the colonists became angry even though the tea act was beneficial to the colonists because they would avoid a tax they were angry that it came from britain so all they saw was another act being placed on them before the tea act was the boston massacre and the stamp and townshend acts which were all horrible events that occurred to the colonists because of the english in response to the tea act on december 16 1773 boston rebels boarded three british ships and threw all of the tea aboard the ship into the water while being disguised as native americans.


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c committees of correspondence the committees of correspondence were set up in the 1770 s as a way for colonists to communicate with others about the british massachusetts set this up with virginia so in case any threats were made to america all colonies would be warned and could act together this made it possible to communicate during the battles in the american revolution and during the acts which were passed before the war.


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d declaration of independence the declaration of independence was written mainly by thomas jefferson in 1776 to declare the americas independence from great britain it contains three parts an introduction 27 grievances against king george iii and the reasons as to why america wanted their independence it described all the wrong doings that america had suffered through and the rights that they had violated it was the final nail in the coffin to the american revolution.


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e egalitarianism egalitarianism is the belief that all people are equal gender class and wealth have no effect on the equality of people these ideals came into play during the signing of the treaty of paris of 1783 as the nations of the world began to recognize the united states as a nation and as the lines which defined the people were blurred it only applied to white males though.


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f french and indian war because of the french and indian war great britain went into a lot of debt so to pay it off they forced the colonists to pay several taxes which the spark that ignited the tension between the british and americans the french and indian war was fought not between the french and indians but between the americans and british against french and indians the french wanted the ohio river valley but so did the british so they fought for the land the british won but not without any side effects.


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g great britain great britain controlled several colonies especially several in north america the colonies were not content with their leader though and revolted against great britain the american revolution occurred because great britain treated the colonists bad and did not give them the freedom they needed great britain taxed and punished the colonists through several ways and ultimately lost the united states because of this.


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h hessians hessians were german soldiers contracted by great britain to fight the americans most hailed from hesse germany george washington commander in chief on the american army fought the hessians often and was defeated often one victory thought proved the hessians were not undefeatable the battle of trenton of 1776.


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i intolerable acts intolerable acts are a series of laws passed by the british in 1774 these acts can be related to the revolution because of the amount of outrage and resistance the thirteen colonies had toward them most of the acts were a direct result from the boston tea party these laws gave more support for the hate toward the british the laws closed the boston harbor passed quartering and quebec acts in addition to the massachusetts government and administration of justice act restricting freedom of the people.


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j jamestown jamestown was the first permanent british colony in north america located in virginia jamestown was originally a charter colony then turned into a royal colony it also held military posts during the american revolution and a pow type camp for american and british soldiers to be exchanged.


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k king george iii king george iii is written about in the declaration of independence under grievances and is partially to blame for the revolution he was in charge of great britain during the american revolution and essentially in charge of america as well he put in place all the acts that the americans revolted against such as the tea stamp sugar townshend and coercive acts.


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l loyalists loyalists were american colonists who kept loyal to great britain loyalists were people who opposed the revolution and fought against the patriots around 15 to 20 of the colonists were loyalists motivations for loyalism were that the people were too established to just get up and leave most believed that it was morally wrong to resist the british and many even procrastinated and said that independence would someday come.


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m marquis de lafayette a frenchman who assisted and befriended george washington during the american revolution marquis de lafayette helped train the undisciplined army that needed a lot of assistance he lobbied for the french to help the americans and commanded an army in virginia during his 20 s.


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n no taxation without representation taxation without representation was the idea that if the colonists paid taxes then they should have equal representation in parliament with the colonies this was not true the colonies did not any form of representation the colonists paid taxes on almost everything yet britain did no listen to their requests this was a vital point to helping gather support for the revolution.



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