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American Revolution Persuaders Many events helped cause the American Revolution It was a terrible war between the colonies of America and the country of England The three most important events that led up to and caused it were the Boston Massacre The Boston Tea Party and The Stamp Act The Boston Massacre was an encounter on March 5 1770 that was five years before the American Revolution between British troops and a group of citizens of Boston that were then in the Massachusetts Bay Colony British troops were quartered in the city to discourage demonstrations againserican Revolution between British troopt the Townshend Acts a tax on imports to the colonies As a result of constant harassment by the citizens a squad of British soldiers that had been struck by snow and ice balls with rocks inside thrown during a demonstration fired into the crowd killing five men The eight soldiers and their commanding officer were tried for murder and were defended by John Adams later president of the United States and Josiah Quincy Two of the soldiers were declared guilty of manslaughter and the others including the officer were acquitted The incident was skillfully exploited by the American patriot Samuel Adams to create anti-British sentiment in the colonies After the incident the patriots of Massachusetts Bay were more and more agitated by the soldiers They werent going to take much more The so-called Boston Tea Party was an event that took place December 16 1773 by a group of Boston citizens to protest the British tax on tea imported to the colonies Although most provisions of the Townshend Acts were repealed by Parliament the duty on tea was retained to demonstrate the power of Parliament to tax the colonies The citizens of Boston would not permit the unloading of three British ships that arrived in Boston in November 1773 with 342 chests of tea The royal governor of Massachusetts
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