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Invitation to a Tea Party

(1763-1775)

In This Chapter

Proclamation Line of 1763

Taxation without representation

The Boston Massacre and Boston Tea Party

First Continental Congress

Battles of Lexington and Concord

The misnamed “Battle of Bunker Hill”

Common Sense and The Declaration of Independence


Britain finally won the French and Indian War, but in the process, started losing its North American colonies. For most of the war, colonial leaders were the brunt of royal contempt, and provincial military men saw how ineffectual the British regulars were in fighting wilderness wars. The “Mother Country” began to seem unresponsive, uncaring, arrogant, and even incompetent. The colonies, traditionally competitive with one another, emerged from the crucible of war feeling stronger bonds among themselves than with an aloof and unfeeling government across the sea.


Main Event | Complete Idiots Guide to American History | King George Draws a Line







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