Unformatted text preview: Start of the American Revolution Some hoped the colonies could put enough economic pressure on Great Britain to prevent the crisis from escalating. Imports dropped by more than ninety percent from 1774 to 1775, and English merchants were appealing to Parliament to compromise with the colonies as early as January 1775. William Pitt in the House of Lords and Edmund Burke in the House of Commons also urged reconciliation, and Lord North was developing his own plan. But events in Massachusetts were moving quickly toward armed conflict. Lexington and Concord . General Thomas Gage, the military governor of Massachusetts, began fortifying Boston in the fall of 1774; colonists meanwhile prepared militias, organizing small, armed groups ready for quick action as Minute Men . In the spring, Gage was ordered to arrest radical leaders and put down what was considered to be an open rebellion in the colony, despite the discussions underway in Parliament. To considered to be an open rebellion in the colony, despite the discussions underway in Parliament....
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This note was uploaded on 11/19/2011 for the course HIST 1310 taught by Professor Marshall during the Fall '08 term at Texas State.
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