American Revolution Dbq

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The American Revolutionary War has been known to inspire other nations to fight for their independence. This revolution has also given birth to a new nation that was built on a new fundamental system. But what led to a war between the greatest empire and a new imperfect colony were events like: The French and Indian War of 1754, The Sugar Act of 1764, The Stamp Act of 1765, The Boston Massacre of 1770 and a few other occurrences. Due to years of lack of attention and misuse of powerful from England had forced the American colonists to break away from their motherland. Each event has deepened the wound and sparks a new idea of independence. Tension between the British and its colonies began after the Seven Years’ War also known as the French…show more content…
According to The American Revolution by Joseph C. Morton, “(British) faced with a debt of some 140 million pounds sterling, Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Grenville in 1764 inaugurated the Grenville Program with the introduction of the American Revenue Act (commonly known as the Sugar Act).” There were older laws on regulating trade but the Sugar Act was the first act that targeted revenue in the colonies. A revision of the Molasses Act of 1733 that taxed on non-British molasses, the Sugar Act added more harsh tax law on sugar, non-British textiles, coffee, and Spanish wines (Morton 20). The idea of taxation without representation began to occupy the American colonists’ minds. During that same year, George Grenville had also passed the Currency Act 1764. The act prohibited the use of paper money in the thirteenth colonies, “this object was to standardize currency and prevent wildly fluctuating notes and coins, but the real effect was to take money out of circulation and stifle colonial trade,” (Allison 6). In other words, the British government wanted to gain more control on the colonies. The Currency Act upsets the colonies due to the fact that it favored the British over them. Their needs had been over looked continuously making the bond between the British and the colonies
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