The American Revolution was not fought over paying taxes. It was fought over who had the authority to impose taxes - Britain or colonial governments. To colonial leaders, taxation without representation was a major cause of the Revolutionary War. Other causes were restriction of free trade and speech.


Causes of the American Revolution

British Parliament
Colonial Government

Proclamation of 1763

The Sugar Act

The Stamp Act & The Stamp Act Congress - No taxation without representation!

Boycott of British Goods
The Sons of Liberty

Repeal of the Stamp Act
The Declaratory Act

The Townshend Act

Boston Massacre
Repeal of the Townshend Acts
(except for the tea tax)

Committees of Correspondence

The Boston Tea Party

The Intolerable Acts
First Continental Congress
Boycott of British Goods
Minutemen & Militia

Green Mountain Boys
Ticonderoga (canons!)

Second Continental Congress
Appointment of Washington
as Commander of Continental Army

Battle of Bunker Hill

The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere, William Dawes, and Samuel Prescott

Battles of Lexington and Concord, Shot Heard Round the World

Common Sense, Thomas Paine

The Declaration of Independence

The Articles of Confederation

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Revolutionary Battles & Happenings 1776-1783

Naval Battles

New York, New York

Battle of Saratoga

Battle of Trenton

Winter Encampment at Valley Forge


War in the South


Treaty of Paris, Results of the Revolutionary War

Battle Maps, Timelines, Games

The Importance of Canons

The Constitution of the United States

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Daily Life During the American Revolution

Colonial Daily Life - What was life like during the events leading up to war, and during the war itself?

Revolutionary Recipes

Revolutionary Games & Activities

Free Interactive Games & Sites for Kids about events leading up to the American Revolution and the war itself

Quizzes: The American Revolution

Famous Folks

Spies, Ciphers, Codes

Join, or Die.
and other cartoons

Names in the News

John Adams

Benedict Arnold

Crispus Attucks

Benjamin Franklin

Bernardo de Galvez

King George III

Nathanael Greene

Green Mountain Boys

Nathan Hale

John Hancock

General William Howe (British)

Thomas Jefferson

John Paul Jones

General Marquis de Lafayette


Thomas Paine

Paul Revere, William Dawes, Samuel Prescott

Sons of Liberty

George Washington

Women Soldiers, Spies, and Patriots

Yankee Doodle Dandy

Famous Quotes

For Teachers

Lesson Plans about the Revolutionary War for Teachers

Free Use Presentations in PowerPoint format about the American Revolution

Free Use Revolutionary Clipart

Book List for Kids