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HOW IT STARTED
The American Revolutionary War plays a very important part in the United States’ history. The Revolution started when the king of England was taxing the Americans greatly, and the people of the colonies thought that it was unfair. People were smuggling molasses, food, tea, and paper to North America illegally. When King George III found out they had rebelled, he knew that they had no form of defenses-- except for themselves. The King’s soldiers took away all the colonists’ weapons.
He then made the Stamp Act, which meant that everything that they were smuggling required stamps to be considered valid. Since he could not tax them directly anymore, he decided that to get money from them, they would raise the taxes of the resources they were taking from England. They were protesting and demanding for England to stop. Due to the heavy taxes and the Stamp Act, the colonists living in America declared war on England/Britain.
DAILY LIFE BEFORE THE WAR
With all the grief King George III had been giving the colonists, they definitely had a hard time living in the thirteen colonies. King George III raised taxes in the colonies and took away all the colonists weapons to ensure that they don’t rebel. The colonists believed that there was a way to stop the British and to have a home where freedom didn’t have to be earned.
It wasn’t as easy as it sounded, though. The British soldiers (which the colonists called lobsterbacks) were sent from King George III to patrol the streets. They took all of the colonists weapons, so they wouldn’t rebel against King George III.
BOSTON TEA PARTY
The Boston Tea Party took place on December 16, 1773 on a ship in the Boston Harbor. The Sons of Liberty, a secret organization, disguised themselves as Indians by painting their faces. They snuck onto the ship and dumped every crate of tea into the harbor. They did this to say to the king that they didn’t approve of heavy taxes in the colonies.
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