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|1765-1773||Dec. 16, 1773||Sept. 5, 1774||April 19, 1775|
|The British Parliament bypasses colonial assemblies and imposes several internal and external taxes on the outraged colonists.||
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.
|Delegates begin meeting for the First Continental Congress and agree to send grievances to King George III.||Armed conflict between the colonists and British redcoats begins in Lexington and Concord, Massachusetts.|
|A Second Continental Congress begins meeting in Philadelphia.||The Continental Congress appoints a five-man committee, including Thomas Jefferson, to draft a declaration of independence.||The committee presents the declaration for debate and revision.||The Continental Congress adopts the Declaration of Independence without dissent.|
||July 4, 1776|
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