History Timeline 1760s

Above: Engraving of Faneuil Hall in Boston. Courtesy Library of Congress. Right: Political cartoon, "A New Way to Pay the National-Debt" of King George III, Queen Charlotte, William Pitt and others, 1786, James Gillroy. Courtesy Library of Congress.

King George III

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  • 1760-1769

    November 13, 1762 - France cedes Louisiana to Spain. This started a contentious period of thirty-eight years of Spanish rule before Spain returned Louisiana back to France.

    February 10, 1763 - French and Indian War ends with peace treaty that cedes Canada and the American midwest to English. This signals and effectively tightens the control of Great Britain's colonial administration of North America.
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  • May 6, 1763 - Chief Pontiac rebels against British rule after the Treaty of Paris ending the French and Indian War and attacks the British from Detroit to Pennsylvania in Pontiac's Rebellion.
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  • October 7, 1763 - King George III issues the Royal Proclamation of 1763, limiting the westward expansion of the American colonies.
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  • April 6, 1764 - The Sugar Act places a duty on various commodities, including lumber, food, molasses, and rum in the British colonies.
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  • March 22, 1765 - British Parliament passes the Stamp Act regulations to pay for British troops in the American colonies and cover debts incurred in the French and Indian War.
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  • October 7, 1765 - After the establishment of the Stamp Act by the British Government on March 22, which required revenue stamps, taxes, to pay for British troops, nine American colonies hold a Stamp Act Congress in New York and adopted a Declaration of Rights against taxation without representation.
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  • March 18, 1766 - Stamp Act is repealed.
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  • November 20, 1767 - Additional levies are put on goods in American colonies by the British Government when the Townshend Acts are enacted, including levies on glass, painter's lead, paper, and tea. All would be repealed in three years, except for the tax on tea.

    July 14, 1769 - José de Gálvez sends Spanish missionaries into California to begin the establishment of missions at San Diego and Monterey. There would be twenty-one missions established and maintained over the next sixty-four years of the mission period in Spanish California history.
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