Colonial America- Taxes and Smuggling Webquest and Video Analysis with Key- this is a 10 page document that contains a webquest and a completed teacher’s key for easy marking. It contains 27 questions based on a Crash Course U.S. History video clip and an online U.S. history study guide.
Students will be introduced to the topics of smuggling and British taxation on the American colonies by watching a clip of the Crash Course U.S. History Video: Taxes & Smuggling - Prelude to Revolution. The video will explain how the Seven Years War left Britain heavily in debt and that the British looked to the colonies to help pay off this debt through taxes. The Sugar Act, the Stamp Act, and the Tea Act are all discussed. American displeasure with the new taxes, no taxation without representation, and their response to the taxes (boycotts, protests, Boston Tea Party, First Continental Congress) is also covered by the video. American smugglers are also mentioned and how the colonies purposefully avoided British tax by this method. Following the video, students will proceed to an online article which will further discuss the importance of smuggling in the American colonies, and how it helped form revolutionary thinking.
This webquest can be easily used as an introduction to the topic, a study guide, or a quick and easy sub plan.