Massachusetts Before April 19

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The American Revolution did not begin spontaneously with a few farmers deciding to simply take up arms against their government. From 1763 through 1775 there had been a long line of disagreements between the North American colonists and the government of Great Britain. These disagreements over time led to an escalating scale of protests on the part of the colonists, which eventually turned violent. This escalating violence is what would lead to the outbreak of war between Great Britain and her North American colonists in eastern Massachusetts in April of 1775.

Beginning with the end of the Seven Years' War (known in America as the French and Indian War, which in reality was the last of four French and Indian Wars occurring in North American during the 18th century), tensions began to rise. Prior to 1763 the North American colonists had always been left to essentially govern themselves, and had become quite proficient in doing so.

When Parliament moved to tax the colonists without granting them seats in Parliament the colonists used whatever means necessary to assert their right as free born Englishmen, including violence if some felt it was warranted.

To learn more about the Road to Revolution, please use the following site which was created by the Malden High School History Department in Malden, MA, under the leadership of social studies curriculum director Judi Allen: