Declaration of Independence: Student Worksheet Answer the following questions using the Declaration of Independence

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King’s Actions

Relation to Events

The King’s Unjust Use of Power

(He was unfair)

Refused to approve laws when they were needed.

Tried to control colonial legislatures, including closing some.

Refused to let settlers move west.

Prevented justice by making judges dependent upon the king for their jobs and pay.

Sent officers (custom officials) to harass the people.

(Not in reference sheet – when the New York legislature refused to not to fund the quartering of soldiers, the legislature was closed temporarily as part of the Townsend Acts. The House of Burgesses in Virginia was dissolved after the legislature passed resolutions denouncing the Stamp Act. The Massachusetts Assembly was closed after the assembly sent other colonies a circular letter explaining their distress at the Townsend Acts and as part of the Intolerable Acts).

Proclamation of 1763.

Sugar Act, Townsend Acts.

Unjust acts of Parliament

(Parliament was being unfair)

Quartered armed troops.

Cutting off trade by blockading colonial ports.

Taxing colonists without representation in Parliament.

Depriving colonists of trials with a jury.

Quartering Act.

Intolerable Acts.

Stamp Act, Sugar Act, Tea Act, Townsend Acts.

Mass governor dissolves general court.

Warlike Acts
(Treated colonists like they were at war)

Waging war against the colonists by robbing ships and attacking and burning towns.
Hiring of soldiers to fight in the colonies.

Forcing internal revolts in the colonies.

Lexington and Concord.

Hiring of German Hessians.

Boston Massacre, Lexington and Concord.

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