British Influence On American Society

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American officials saw the empire as a correlation of equals in which free colonists abroad had the equivalent rights as Britons at home. However, the British government and its appointed representatives in America viewed the empire as a structure of unequal pieces in which various rules governed different areas, and all were subject to the power of Parliament. Numerous colonists claimed that Britain had no right to tax them at all, for Americans were unrepresented in the House of Commons. Britain justified taxation by declaring that they needed a supreme legislature, to which all other controls must be secondary.
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