LEGISLATION

DATE

WHAT IT DID

Proclamation of 1763

1763

Set boundaries for western settlement

Sugar Act

1764

Lowered tax on sugar, molasses, and other products, but tightened customs enforcement

Stamp Act

1765

Taxed certain types of documents

Declaratory Act

1766

Stated that Great Britain had the right to tax the colonies

Townshend Acts

1767

Taced glass, lead, paint, paper, and tea

Tea Act

1773

Gave East India Tea Company the sole control of tea trade

"Intolerable" Acts

1774

Closed port of Boston


The Edenton Tea Party

It started when the British had closed down the ports of Boston to punish them for the loss of tea. The other colonies decided not to buy or sell anything from the British. On October 1774, fifty-one ladies met at the home of Mrs. Elizabeth King, to promise the would not drink anymore British tea or other imported materials. In 1775, Boston and the British were so hostile that fighting broke out when soldiers were sent to get weapons and ammunition that the leaders of rebellion were hiding.Soon everyone was taking action to join in the struggle for independence after the shots fired in Lexington.