The Destruction of Tea at Boston Harbor (Currier & Ives)
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1765-1773 The British Parliament bypasses colonial assemblies and imposes several internal and external taxes on the outraged colonists.
Dec. 16, 1773 The colonial response to taxation without representation culminates in the Boston Tea Party. The Sons of Liberty dump 342 chests of tea into Boston harbor.
Sept. 5, 1774 Delegates begin meeting for the First Continental Congress and agree to send grievances to King George III.
April 19, 1775 Armed conflict between the colonists and British redcoats begins in Lexington and Concord, Massachusetts.
May 10, 1775 A Second Continental Congress begins meeting in Philadelphia.
June 11, 1776 The Continental Congress appoints a five-man committee, including Thomas Jefferson, to draft a declaration of independence.
June 28, 1776 The committee presents the declaration for debate and revision.
July 4, 1776 The Continental Congress adopts the Declaration of Independence without dissent.