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  American Revolution timeline
Benjamin Franklin's chopped-up snake, urging union of the colonies with the caption 'Join or Die', is the first American political cartoon       
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Benjamin Franklin proposes to the Albany Congress that the colonies should unite to form a colonial government       
Britain passes the Sugar Act, levying duty on sugar, wine and textiles imported into America      
Britain passes the Stamp Act, taxing legal documents and newspapers in the American colonies     
American campaigners against the Stamp Act organize themselves as the Sons of Liberty in Massachusetts and New York       
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Britain repeals the Stamp Act, in a major reversal of policy achieved by resistance in the American colonies