Why did war break out between Britain and its colonies?

Why did war break out between Britain and its colonies?

Lesson details

Key learning points

  1. In this lesson, we will learn about the start of the American Revolution. This involved war breaking out between the American colonists and the British government.


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5 Questions

What name is given to the American lands controlled by Britain in the eighteenth century?
Land of the free
Correct answer: The 13 Colonies
The New World
The Plantation States
The United States of America
Which of the following was an absolute monarchy in the eighteenth century?
Correct answer: Russia
The 13 Colonies
Which of the following is the best definition of the word 'colonist'?
A British member of the bourgeoisie
A part of the world which is controlled (partially or totally) by another country
Correct answer: Someone who lives in a colony
Someone who was involved in the slave trade
The idea that sovereignty is held by the people and not monarchs
Some people migrated to the Americas because of religious persecution in Europe. What does 'persecution' mean?
A wide range of different beliefs being held in a society
Allowing people a large amount of freedom of speech
Having a different religion from someone else
Respecting different peoples' beliefs
Correct answer: Treating someone badly because of different beliefs
Which of the following are two examples of the original 13 Colonies?
Canada and Jamaica
Cuba and the Bahamas
Florida and Louisiana
France and Spain
Correct answer: Massachusetts and Virginia

5 Questions

In which city was there a major protest in 1773 about taxes on tea?
Correct answer: Boston
What became a slogan of colonists protesting against British rule?
Land, Peace and Bread
Let them eat cake
Liberty, Equality, Fraternity
No gin, no king
Correct answer: No taxation without representation
What happened at Lexington and Concord?
King George III demanded the Americas be brought under control
Rousseau and Voltaire debated who had sovereignty over America
The Boston Tea Party
Correct answer: The British army first clashed with American militias
The British Parliament passed the Intolerable Acts
When Colonists complained about a lack of 'representation', what did they mean?
Colonists did not like how few Britons were allowed to vote in elections for parliament.
Colonists did not like the way the British government seemed to speak in metaphors.
Colonists thought it was unfair that the British Parliament had to rule alongside George III
Correct answer: Colonists thought it was unfair they could not vote in elections for the British parliament.
Colonists would have preferred if George III could rule them directly without parliament.
By passing the Intolerable Acts, how did the British government seem to be going against Enlightenment ideas?
The British government banned religious toleration in the Americas.
The British government demanded King George III rule the colonies as an absolute monarch.
Correct answer: The British government took away liberties of people in Massachusetts.
The British government tried to free slaves in Virginia.

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