What Happened in 1774

  • Paul Revere Becomes A Member of The First Patriot Intelligence Network, 'The Mechanics'

    The first Patriot intelligence network on record was a secret group in Boston known as the "mechanics." The group apparently grew out of the old... Read more

  • Paul Revere Contributes Engravings to the 'Royal American Magazine'

    The Royal American Magazine, or Universal Repository of Instruction and Amusement (January 1774 - March 1775) was a short-lived monthly periodical... Read more

  • Boston Port Act

    The Boston Port Act is an Act of the Parliament of Great Britain (citation 14 Geo. III. c. 19) which became law on March 30, 1774, and is one of... Read more

  • Massachusetts Government Act

    The Massachusetts Government Act (citation 14 Geo. III c. 45) was passed by the Parliament of Great Britain and became a law on May 20, 1774. The... Read more

  • Administration of Justice Act

    Parliament’s offensive against Massachusetts, the perpetrator of the Boston Tea Party, included an effort to afford legal protections to officials... Read more

  • Second Quartering Act

    A second Quartering Act (citation 14 Geo. III c. 54) was passed on June 2, 1774, as part of a group of laws that came to be known as the... Read more

  • The British Parliament Passes The Quebec Act

    Great Britain officially closed the area of the Northwest Territories to European settlement by the Proclamation of 1763, which arose as part of... Read more

  • Quebec Act

    The Quebec Act of 1774 was an Act of the Parliament of Great Britain (citation 14 Geo. III c. 83) setting procedures of governance in the Province... Read more

  • Meriwether Lewis Is Born

    Explorer Meriwether Lewis, who joined William Clark to blaze a trail across the continent to the Pacific Ocean, was born on August 18, 1774, near... Read more

  • Powder Alarm

    The Powder Alarm was a massive popular reaction to the removal of gunpowder from a magazine by British soldiers under orders from General Thomas... Read more

  • Boston Campaign

    The Boston campaign was the opening campaign of the American Revolutionary War. The campaign was primarily concerned with the formation of American... Read more

  • The First Continental Congress

    The first Continental Congress met in Carpenter's Hall in Philadelphia, from September 5, to October 26, 1774. Carpenter's Hall was also the seat... Read more

  • Pope Clement XIV dies

    His work was hardly accomplished, before Clement XIV, whose usual constitution was quite vigorous, fell into a languishing sickness, generally... Read more

  • The Association

    The Continental Association, often known simply as the "Association", was a system created by the First Continental Congress in 1774 for... Read more