Claire Turner American History Test I The American Revolution The Second Continental Congress declared independence from Great Britain in 1776 because they were being treated with unfair and unjust taxes and laws. The Second Continental Congress was a representation of the colonists and colonies as a whole, to Britain. In the beginning of the Congress the majority wanted to stay loyal to “The Crown,” and make peace with it. However, there were already those few who were ready to take drastic measures to relieve themselves of the British rule. One colony in particular that stands out as taking the leading role in the independence of America is Massachusetts, for they received the true wrath of Great Britain.
Most of these loyalists could not go to different states in America because of what they are withholding with the king of Britain. They were migrated mostly to Canada because the King of Britain owned it during those American revolutionary war. They also faced the harsh feelings of being doubt by the Americans. They soon felt that they are losing the on well- being a person stepping on the lands of Americans because of being loyal to the king. They may not great decision in life, but they still managed to live their own life as a citizen who could not put disloyal to the King that once promised about their freedom and peaceful life in the new nation.
However it could be argued that the British rule had negative consequences. For example people were forced to learn British because the British Empire refuse to do business in other language. On balance it is clear that the British Empire was a force for good. One of the main reasons why the British Empire can be seen as a force for good is that the British improved the quality of life of the people they ruled over. The British worked hard to improve health care in Africa and India.
The founding fathers wrote the Declaration of Independence because they were trying to persuade the poor in hope to unite all colonists against the British. The declaration was written in June 1776 by Thomas Jefferson but not approved till July 4th, 1776 by Congress of 26 commitee members. These committee members were wealthy, upper class and educated englishmen who were affected the most by the King 's actions towards the colonies. In the declaration it states, “He has broken up certain legislatures that opposed him and refused to let others be elected”(grievances 5&6). This is one example of how the most actions by the King were directed to the upper class, therefore making them want to break away from Britain the most.
In New York, Connecticut and Pennsylvania, Brown argued that the “Loyalists recruited heavily from the poor people,” while in Massachusetts the Loyalists were wealthier. In The Good Americans, Brown stressed how colonials had varying motives in remaining loyal. Some remained loyal for pragmatic reasons, such as a living in an area occupied by British troops or in anticipation of a British victory, while others were loyal for political reasons, such as having faith in the British Constitution, while others still remained loyal due to family
Document one points this effect out by stating; “...these places can yield the tropical produce (resources) that their citizens need.” The British used India in this way, as a means to advance themselves economically, giving themselves more power. Since the British controlled all of the factors of production in its manufacturing economy, other countries were at a deficit if they wished to trade with the British. In other words, they would purchase from the British, but the British would not purchase anything from them,
They often used trickery and used illness to their advantage. With a civil war going on in England during the mid 1600’s, and its successes, the English desire to relocate to the Americas decreased. New England’s economy depended on these immigrations, and with the decrease of settlers, the economy had to thrive on something else, and it did. A new economy based on the merchant class flourished. Puritan communities where well ordered communities.
Because Columbus had limited amounts of ships he could not take as many natives as he would have preferred and this could be an indication to why he wrote his letter the way he wrote it. Ultimately having the support of the crown worked in his favor to exploit the land and its people. Columbus’ discovery of this new land led to the Columbian Exchange where animals, plants, and humans were “products” of the New World and transported to the Old World. Another product he came across was gold something he seems to leave out of this document. The way Columbus took advantage of the native people was brutal not only by enslaving them but by colonialism which essentially is a takeover.
In the mid 1860’s, Great Britain’s attitude towards her colonies was changed. Opinions were divided that the Colonies were an advantage to the Great Britain. Some politicians wanted to keep the colonies because it could profit them for having fur and materials. But some wanted them to be independent so they could pay for their own government and defence. British North America thought that would be the best way of becoming self-sufficient.
Before this many Colonists did not know of the harsh injustices done by the British. They also did not believe that the cause for revolution was urgent. Thomas Paine showed them that the cause was urgent by explaining the wrongs the British had committed and why King George was a tyrant. He also showed them that America did not need the British Empire 's protection. This quote shows his reasoning “Small islands, not capable of protecting themselves, are the proper objects for kingdoms to take under their care; but there is something absurd, in supposing a continent to be perpetually governed by an island.” Another reason it was so influential is because it was sold very cheaply so as many people could read it as possible.
Knowledge is undeniably important to everyone in the world, and especially to a political leader, like James Madison. Containing knowledge of failed governments or tyrannical dictators is useful in preventing future governments that are synonymic in comparison. Madison had the knowledge that a monarchy was not to majority of the colonists’ liking, which allowed for him to make the conscious choice, backed up by knowledge, to form a government that was revolutionary and beneficial. James Madison, Thomas Jefferson, and the other composers of the Declaration of Independence acquired the knowledge, from personal experiences, that the United States should have different laws and civil liberties than what was given in England. James Madison, with
I don’t think the colonists committed treason because they were being treated unfair by the British government. I can give many examples of them being mistreated by the British the first is that they were taxing the colonists a lot after the British’s war (Mr. Riikonen). That’s unfair because the colonists didn’t even start it and the colonists were getting punished by the British for no fair reason at all. The colonists were not only mistreated but they
Finally, Britain would constantly deny any attempt to find peace between the two countries. As expected, Britain put certain taxes on the colonies to help regulate trade and pay for transport of goods. However, many of the taxes Britain put on colonists were for the sole purpose of creating revenue for the British (Doc 2). The reason the British believed they were justified to do this was the belief that colonists still owed reparations for British support in the French Indian war (Doc 1). The colonists found these taxes so insulting that many of them refused to purchase British goods.
Here in America we were on our own but still felt love for our country. I was very loyal to my country until shortly after 1773 when other colonists started to protest The Tea Act, it seemed as though Parliament had “ granting a monopoly to the East India Company, the act not only cut out colonial merchants who would otherwise sell the tea themselves; it also reduced their profits from smuggled foreign tea”. Once again, Parliament was taxing us without representing us and going against the British Constitution. This is when I decided, like many others that something must be done to either treat us as equals or for us to stand on our own. After the boycotts and protests the tea had all rotted and could not be used, I know what they did was wrong and thought they could have handled it differently, but they did prove our point.