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To understand the American Revolution as a whole, you need to understand the causes that led up to the battles of Lexington and Concord. Take a look at these articles by your  18th Century History editor.

  1. Causes of the American Revolution: The Problem Begins
  2. Causes of the American Revolution: The Townshend Duties
  3. Causes of the American Revolution: The Tea Act and the Boston Tea Party
  4. Causes of the American Revolution: The Coercive Acts
  5. The Stamp Act: An Attempt to Defray the Expense of War

The Stamp Act and Tar and Feathering 
During the Stamp act crisis, there were riots and tar and feathering, read about this on the PBS American Revolution site in this article by Pauline Maier.

Key Events in the Revolutionary War 
This PDF formatted web page lists the  key events and their significance of  the American Revolution.

The Quartering Acts
From the Wikipedia website, you can learn about these acts, especially the most contentious one to the Colonists in America.

The Boston Port Act
"The Boston Port Act (the Trade Act 1774) is an Act of the Parliament of Great Britain which became law on March 31, 1774, and is one of the measures (variously called the Intolerable Acts, the Punitive Acts or the Coercive Acts) that were designed to secure Great Britain's jurisdictions over her American dominions." - Wikipedia  Read more about the Boston Port Act on the Wikipedia website.

The Boston Port Act: March 31, 1774
On the Avalon Project website you can actually read the act passed by the British Parliament.

Boston 1775
This is a blog website by J.L. Bell. This Blog focuses on miscellany of information about New England just before, during, and after the Revolutionary War.