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KS3 Australia and penal colonies
Since the 1760s, the Thirteen Colonies in the Americas and Britain had a strained relationship. With the British attempt to tax the colonists without their consent, a revolution under the slogan “No taxation without representation” emerged.
On 4 July 1776, the Continental Congress announced the independence of the Thirteen Colonies from Great Britain. Two years after the British defeat at Yorktown, George III acknowledged American independence in 1783 under the Treaty of Paris. The treaty resulted in the loss of Britain’s most treasured overseas possession. As a consequence, Britain shifted its interests from the Americas to Asia, the Pacific and Africa.
Learn more about the rise of the British Empire in Australia, British penal colonies and end of transportation with our KS3 resources. You’ll find Student Activities, Lesson Presentation, and Revision Notes ready to download below. KS3 resources are ideally suited for Years 7, 8 and 9, or ages 11-14.