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British Soldiers Arrive in Boston under Martial Law to Control Independent-Minded Americans

British Soldiers Arrive in Boston under Martial Law to Control Independent-Minded Americans

The British soldiers (redcoats) arrive in Boston under martial law to punish and control the defiant Americans in Boston who deemed the taxes implemented as unconstitutional since the Americans had no representation in Parliament to vote or voice their opinions. The British kept approximately 2000 redcoats in and around Boston. The troops disembarked and initially encamped on the Boston Commons, as well as, in the Court ...
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The Townshend Acts Passed by British Parliament Imposing Several Taxes on the American Colonisits

The Townshend Acts Passed by British Parliament Imposing Several Taxes on the American Colonisits

Townshend Acts, (June 15–July 2, 1767), in U.S. colonial history, series of four acts passed by the British Parliament in an attempt to assert what it considered to be its historic right to exert authority over the colonies through suspension of a recalcitrant representative assembly and through strict provisions for the collection of revenue duties. The British American colonists named the acts after Charles Townshend, who sponsored ...
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Ben Franklin: "...the best way of doing good to the poor, is not making them easy in poverty, but leading or driving them out of it."

Ben Franklin: “…the best way of doing good to the poor, is not making them easy in poverty, but leading or driving them out of it.”

Benjamin Franklin on the Price of Corn and Management of the Poor, written November 29, 1766: "I think the best way of doing good to the poor, is not making them easy in poverty, but leading or driving them out of it." ...
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The Sons of Liberty Erected a Liberty Pole in the commons of NYC Celebrating the Repeal of the Stamp Act.

The Sons of Liberty Erected a Liberty Pole in the commons of NYC Celebrating the Repeal of the Stamp Act.

Although little is ever spoken of the liberty pole today, at the time of the American War for Independence and decades prior, they were the symbol of self-government and freedom from tyranny. Typically, wherever they were formed, Sons of Liberty gathered in town commons under a large tree. These trees-turned-meeting-places were soon known around the colonies as "Liberty Trees.” Some of the greens in towns with ...
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Parliament Passes the 'Declaratory Act' to Declare Sovereignty Over Colonies in All Cases

Parliament Passes the ‘Declaratory Act’ to Declare Sovereignty Over Colonies in All Cases

Enacted on the same day that Parliament repealed the Stamp Act, the Declaratory Act by King George and British Parliament was merely positioning so that England would not lose face for giving in to the colonies. The British Parliament passed the Declaratory Act in March 1766. It did so in connection with repealing the Stamp Act of 1765. The Declaratory Act was a Parliamentary definition of ...
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The Stamp Act was Passed by the British Parliament and Imposed on American Colonists

The Stamp Act was Passed by the British Parliament and Imposed on American Colonists

In an effort to raise funds to pay off debts and defend the vast new American territories won from the French in the Seven Years’ War (1756-1763), the British government passes the Stamp Act on this day in 1765. The legislation levied a direct tax on all materials printed for commercial and legal use in the colonies, from newspapers and pamphlets to playing cards and dice ...
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The Currency Act of 1764 Forbids the Colonies to Print their Own Money

The Currency Act of 1764 Forbids the Colonies to Print their Own Money

By the mid 1700's Britain was at its height of power, but was also heavily in debt. Since the creation of the Bank of England, they had suffered four costly wars and the total debt now stood at £140,000,000, (which in those days was a lot of money). In order to make their interest payments to the bank, the British government set about a program to ...
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