"Revolutionary America! 1763-1789 April 20-November 3, 2002


1763-1774

photo of exhibit section

 

"Taxation without representation is tyranny!"
- Patrick Henry

After losing The French and Indian War (1754-1763), France ceded to Great Britain vast territories in America. But now deeply in debt, King George III ordered Americans to house royal troops at their own expense and imposed new taxes. When taxes escalated throughout the 1760s and early 1770s, colonial outrage rose to the boiling point!

Protest erupted into violence, resulting in a "massacre" on the streets of Boston. A boycott of British goods finally forced Parliament to repeal all the taxes ... except for the tax on tea.

After a tea party was thrown in Boston Harbor, King George punished the troublemakers by shutting down the harbor in order to force the city into submission. The thirteen colonies not only smuggled in food and supplies, they vowed to unite together.


 

What Was the Problem? Sub-Sections
Territory and Taxes
  Tax Stamp
  Bullets Fired During the Boston Massacre
  Original Tea Leaves From the Boston Tea Party
Early Troublemakers
  Broadside, Silver Urn and "Poor Richard's Almanac"

 

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