November 3

The Boston Massacre by Genique

The Boston Massacre happened on March 5th, 1770. This event happened between the British soldiers and the colonists. The problem occurred because the British were passing many acts for example the Townshend Act. The Townshend Act taxed colonists on imports such as tea and glass. Also the British soldiers said “they felt threatened so they fired.” The effects after the Boston Massacre caused the death of five colonists, outrage of colonists, more anti-propaganda, and a problem leading to the American Revolution. More “red coats” were sent to keep the colonists in order. At the end of it all, the colonists weren’t happy with the British laws and the British were happy because they thought the colonists would follow their laws.

November 3

The Sugar Act of 1764 by Alice

In the 1700’s, America was not its own country. We belonged to England. The King of England, King George III teamed up with the American colonists against the French and Native Americans in a war called The Seven Years War, or more widely known as the French and Indian War. The British won the war. While you might think this is great for the British, winning the war was in fact putting Great Britain into more debt than the debt they were already in. See, there’s a saying “The sun never sets on the British empire.” That means the British claimed so much land, that the places they claimed were never all dark. Anyway, they fell into great debt for taking over all these parts of the world. Therefore when the French and Indian War ended, they fell into even more debt.

This war tied the British and the colonists really close together. When the British fell into all this debt, they were practically leaning on the colonists to help them out of it. The British passed “Acts” or laws on the colonists. The very first act they passed was called the Sugar Act. In this act, they taxed the colonists on things like sugar, molasses, and other goods.

I’m sure you’re wondering what effects this had on the colonists. They were angry about all this taxing the British lay on them. They also felt under pressure because they had a big struggle to feed their own families. To have to pay extra to the British was just not fair. So they formed a committee to protest the Sugar Act Britain passed on the colonists until the King no longer taxed them on sugar.

Life was tough if you lived in the life of John Adams, or Thomas Jefferson, or George Washington. But somehow, just somehow, we ended up winning the revolution against one of the most powerful empires  possibly in all the world.

November 3

The Boston Tea Party 1773 by Jonah

The Boston Tea Party was in December 1773. The Boston Tea Party was a protest about the British taxation on tea, which gave it its name “Boston Tea Party.” The colonists  protested by dressing up as Native Americans and boarding British ships and throwing chests of tea overbroad. To be exact there were 340 chests of tea thrown off which weighed over 92,000 pounds. The cargo of tea were probably worth about 1,700,000 dollars in today’s money. The colonists were tired from being taxed by the British Government so they protested against the Acts that the British forced upon them. The Tea Act gave the East India Company a monopoly on tea trade, and it was feared that this government- created monopoly might be extended in the future to include other goods. After the Tea dump the British Government imposed new laws to punish colonists. The Boston Tea Party was one of the most important events that took place in history and the American Revolution.


November 3

The Boston Tea Party by Sophie

There were a lot of things that led to the American Revolution, and The Boston Tea Party was one of them. The Boston Tea Party happened on December 16, 1773. A group of about 60 colonists were disguised as Native Americans and they dumped 3 ships of tea into the Harbor. They did this because they were complaining about the way British government treated them. The British made them pay taxes on goods. Other colonies were taxed on goods by Britain like tea as well and did different kinds of protesting. This was part of the protests against the Tea Act. When the British realized that the tea was ruined, they made some new laws that were supposed to punish the colonists. One of the laws was that they would close Boston Harbor until the colonists paid for the tea that was ruined. The Boston Tea Party was a very big protest!

November 2

The Boston Massacre, by Faith

The British passed many acts which caused tensions between Britain and the colonists before the Boston Massacre, March 5th, 1770. In the fall of 1768, more British soldiers were sent from England to keep the colonists in line. The Boston Massacre was an eruption of tensions between the colonists and British soldiers. Both sides went kind of crazy! The British were passing acts like the Townsend Act which taxed colonist on imports from the colonies. The colonist protested and eventually a group of colonists surrounded soldiers in Boston.  British soldiers fired into crowd. Crispus Attucks, who was one of the first people to come to America, got killed with four others in the Boston Massacre. People were outraged! There were lots of anti-propaganda and fighting with snowballs, gears and oyster shells. This is one of the many things that caused the American Revolution.

November 2

The Quartering Act, by Samantha

The British passed many acts that caused tension between the British and the colonists and eventually caused the Revolution. The Quartering Act occurred in 1765. It was a law that made the colonists house British soldiers and give them supplies. Before the law was made, a lot of the British soldiers didn’t have a place to stay because a lot of the colonists weren’t willing to house them. Eventually they made a law that said they had to house them. This law caused anxiety in the colonies because the colonists were scared that the government was trying to take away their freedom. It also made the colonists angry because they didn’t want to have British soldiers stay in their house without being asked. This act was one of the many acts that caused tension between the British and the colonists.

November 2

The Stamp Act, by Rachel

The Stamp Act in 1765, was a tax that required colonists to pay a tax on every single piece of printed paper they used. Once a month they would go  house to house to give out stamps.  Colonists would get a stamp when the taxes had been paid. In addition to taxes, they also gave stamps for wills and contracts. They gave stamps to the people who paid the taxes, because they used the money to pay off Britain’s debt. They also did this because when they got money, the British felt threatened. The effects of the Stamp Act were that the colonists got angry because they felt like they did not deserve to be taxed. Another effect was that it was also a threat to the political rights. The Stamp Act encouraged the revolution.

November 1

The Stamp Act, by Carson

The Stamp act is an act that made the colonist mad! The Stamp Act was to get back money from the French and Indian War. The French and Indian War was a battle over land. After the war Great Britain went into debt. They needed to pay troops stationed in America after the French and Indian War. They taxed the colonists by requiring that many printed items be made on stamped paper. Printed materials included legal documents, magazines, playing cards and paper.This made the colonists furious! Then they lifted the Stamp Act. For the most part, I think none of the colonists liked the Stamp Act.

November 1

The Boston Tea Party, by Anthony

The Boston Tea Party was one of the major events leading up to the American Revolution. The Boston Tea Party was when some of the Patriots dumped 500,000 lbs. of tea into the Boston Harbor because King George III taxed them on tea, and they were closed off to other countries that sold and traded tea. Once King George heard what had happened at the Boston Tea Party, he decided to close the Boston Harbor. The Boston Tea Party was a major event in the American Revolution.

November 1

The Boston Tea Party, by Zach

The Boston Tea Party was an event where colonists dumped 342 crates of tea into the Boston Harbor. In the middle of December of 1773, a group of colonists disguised as Native Americans dumped 500,000 lbs. of tea overboard. The reason the Boston Tea Party occurred was because the colonists thought it wasn’t fair to be highly taxed on everything including tea. The Boston Tea Party is what was thought to have started the Tea Act (also 1773). The colonists believed that it interfered with their rights of being Englishmen.

The effects of this event were:

  • The British Government was mad because of the colonists action.
  • The news of people dumping tea overboard reached England on January 20, 1774 (only 5 weeks!)

The news reached England in 35 days. It had to go 3,280 miles! In other words, over the Atlantic Ocean.