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Years of Decision 1763-1776

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The colonial militia of Lexington, which assembled on the village green to face the British after being warned. They also attacked British soldiers by the hundreds and fired at them from behind stone walls
virtual representation
representation in an assembly when the representative is not directly connected to or from their representing region
Non-Importation Agreement
Colonial agreements to limit importation of specific goods from Britain only in order to hurt Britain's economy.
Quartering Act 1765
Required certain colonies to provide shelter and food to British troops who were enforcing the collection of Stamp Act revenues
Stamp Act of 1765
passed by George Grenville, required revenue stamps be placed on most printed paper in the colonists, all legal documents, newspapers, pamphlets, advertisements, first direct tax collected from those who used the goods, previously had been paid by merchants
Sons of Liberty
American patriots from pre-independence NA-British colonies. Formed to protect rights of colonists and to take fight against the abuses of the British government. Known for undertaking the Boston Tea Party in 1773 in reactio…
Townshend Act
Numerous taxes that were placed on American colonists
Committees of Correspondence
principal device for spreading idea that British officials were conspiring against colonial liberties, organizations would regularly exchange letters about suspicious or potentially threatening British activities
Boston Tea Party
Americans refused to buy cheaper tea because doing so would recognize Parliament's right to tax colonies, tea on ship had no buyers, Sons of Liberty boarded the ship, dumped 342 chests of tea into…
Intolerable Acts
Laws passed in 1774 that punished the colonists for the Boston Tea Party
Quebec Act
Companion law to the Intolerable Acts in 1774. Gave the Catholic French Canadians religious freedom, greater liberties, and lands in the Northwest Territory.
1st Continental Congress
Major inter-colonial meeting summoned in 1774 in Mass to discuss American grievances, begin drafting the Declaration of Independence, and create the Association.