Dbq Essay On The Declaration Of Independence

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Sarah Knight
Mrs. Sittenauer
AP History
September 16 2014
The colonists had the right to break away from Britain. The only choice they had was to go to war with them. The only strategic options they had would not stand a chance up against the British. The colonists were very upset with America about the way they were making laws up until the war began. The American colonists were justified in waging war and breaking away from Britain. The Boston massacre, Declaration of Independence, the Stamp Act, and Thomas Paine’s Common Sense helped make the decision of the American colonists to go to war with Britain and eventually break away from them.
The Boston Massacre was a fight that occurred on March 5, 1770. It was between a patriot mob throwing …show more content…

The 13 American colonies broke away from Great Britain’s political connections. The Declaration basically stated the colonist’s motivations to finding independence. By becoming an independent nation, the American colonists were able to have an official alliance with France and have the French assistance in war with Great Britain. The colonists found themselves on the worst half of the deal when it came to policies with taxation. “The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations” (document 7). The American colonists tried protesting but failed to influence the British so they shut down the Boston port and the colonists started boycotting British goods. This then lead to the American colonists and the British to start at …show more content…

Ship’s papers, legal documents, licenses, newspapers, and playing cards were taxed. The Stamp Act wasn’t necessarily that big of a deal except for the fact that most taxes were used to regulate commerce and not to raise money for The British. It was viewed as an attempt by England to raise money in the colonies without the approval of the colonial legislatures. If this tax were allowed to pass without resistance then in the future would have a lot more troublesome taxations. The money was supposed to be used to help pay for the cost of defending and protecting the American frontier near the Appalachian Mountains “they should contribute to the Preservation of the Advantages they have received…”(document1) not to have England raise the money for them to pay off their debt. The taxes were so high that it created a serious threat of revolt. So the American colonies should not stay under Britain’s rule because they are making them pay for something that the colonists had nothing to with. It just is helping out the

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