Ever wonder about the causes of the American Revolutionary War? The topic of this week’s The History Twins podcast is “The Revolution So Far/West Point”, and we talk about the events that led up to the American War of Independence.
We discuss The Stamp Act of 1765 in which Britain taxed American colonists on virtually every piece of printed paper they used, as well as The Townshend Act of 1767 which went a step further, taxing essentials such as paint, paper, glass, lead and tea.
Soon after the American colonists retaliated with The Boston Tea Party which was the first major act of defiance to British rule over the colonists, and it rallied American patriots across the 13 colonies to fight for independence.
This unrest led to shots being fired between the British and Colonists in Lexington and Concord, Massachusetts in 1775. These were the “shots heard around the world”, which was one of the causes of the American Revolutionary War.
These conditions led to American General Benedict Arnold making a deal to hand over the plans for New York’s West Point to British Major John Andre.
Carla and Keyes also discuss the creative process behind the song, “The Revolution So Far/West Point”, which appears in This Man’s A Spy, their musical retelling of the treasonous plot between American General Benedict Arnold and British Major John Andre during the American Revolutionary War.
The History Twins podcast teaches that history is more than just dates and dead people. It’s for people interested in history, and the creative process involved in bringing history to life through performance.
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Stamp Act of 1765
The Townshend Acts of 1767
Boston Tea Party
Battles of Lexington and Concord
West Point/Fort Arnold
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