The program piece entitled "Plantation" actually addresses two general areas:  life in the city and life on a tobacco plantation.  The city component presents various trades, the wealthy life style, and family practice (including schooling).  Artifacts include toys, domestic items, school supplies, etc.

The plantation component addresses two life styles: the owners and the slaves.  Artifacts include: certificates of ownership, tobacco leaves, ship's registry, etc.

1764    Sugar Act (textiles, tea, wine, indigo) 

            Currency Act (prohibits colonial currency)

            Stamp Act (all printed material ... even dice)

1765    Quartering Act; November 1 the Stamp Act begins causing boycotting

1766    Stamp Act repealed

            Declaratory Act (England has complete authority)

1767    Townshend Revenue Act (to offset British protection)

1768    Sam Adams:  Circular Letter ("taxation without representation")

            British send warships to Boston along with infantry

            Boycotting begins again

1769    The Virginia House of Burgess issues the Virginia Resolves, the Royal governor dissolves the House and boycoting spreads to neighboring colonies

1770    There are now 2,200,00 colonists.  The Boston Massacre (the captain and 8 soldiers arrested for murder)

            The Townshend Act is repealled (save tea); the Quartering Act is stopped.

1772    The schooner the Gaspee runs aground and is burned by colonists

1773    The Tea Act raises taxes again and gives the British East India Company a monopoly; three ships of tea arrive in Boston harbour

            December 16 - The Boston Tea Party (342 containers of tea are dumped)

1774    Coercive Acts (Intolerable Acts):

            1.  Massachusetts Regulating Act

            2.  Government Act (government run by Royal appointment)

            3.  Administration of Justice Act (protects Royal officials)

            4.  Quebec Act (lowers Canadian borders and controls government in Canada)

            5.  Boston Port Bill (closes Boston Harbour until tea is paid for)

            6.  Quartering Act is re-established

            September 5 - the First Contintental Congress (save Georgia)

            October 4 - Declaration and Resolves (the rights of "life, liberty and property" and to self-rule)

            October 20 - Contintental Association (boycott English imports, place an embargo on exports, discontinue the slave trade)

1775    A provincial congress prepares for a state of war

            New England Restraining Act (colonists must trade exclusively with England and bans fishing in the North Atlantic)

            Massachsetts Governor Gage is ordered to enforce the Coercive Acts and use all necessary force