American Revolution Dbq

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The American Revolution in 1776 was ultimately the birth of a new nation that would become a major influence in the world. Several factors combined to create an atmosphere conducive for revolution. First, the colonists felt that England restricted their trade and waterways. Second, the colonists were burdened by over-taxation. The colonists further felt these taxes were imposed without fair representation in Parliament. Third, the colonists felt that the King and Parliament were abusing their governmental powers. Tension over territory and resources between France and Britain had severely increased. The pressure between the two countries caused the French and Indian War in 1753. During the war, instead of shipping over soldiers, British colonists…show more content…
The Stamp Act was one of the first laws to outrage the colonists. The Stamp Act, created in 1765, was placed in order to gain money for past war debts and for gaining power over the strayed colonists. The acts placed tariffs on every printed piece of papers, including playing cards. In addition, this act collected money without receiving approval from colonial legislature. This angered the colonies because they were being taxed, without being represented in Parliament. This allowed the government to create and pass laws that opposed/neglected the colonist’s opinion. The townshend Act, passed in 1767, was another series of law that the British government used to abuse their power. The series of law that increased/increased taxes on imported goods, such as paint, paper, lead, and tea. The colonists viewed these laws as an abuse of governmental power, because the act went to the king before being looked over by the colony’s legislature. The Tea act was also a law that contributed to the colonists irritation with the government. The Tea Act was placed in reaction colonist protest towards new taxes on imports from the Townshend acts. Although the British repealed taxes on goods, they left tax on tea. The act helped the broke, British East India Company broaden its monopoly in tea trade across all British Colonies. The act allowed the company to take advantage of selling tea cheaper compared to competitors, gaining control over the tea trade. The act forced colonists to only purchase teas from merchants appointed by the monopoly lead by the British East India Company. The colonist’s outrage grew from having “no taxation without representation”, leading them to perform the The Boston Tea Party. The Boston Tea Party was a protest, where colonists dumped an entire shipment of tea into the Boston Harbor. This action of

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