Economic And Political Causes Of The American Revolution

635 Words3 Pages
"Don’t fire unless fired upon, but if they mean to have a war, let it begin here." These are the words that Captain John Parker, an American colonial farmer, stated just before the Battles of Lexington and Concord broke out. Due to the long building feud between the colonists and the British, it was undeniable that the war would have erupted. The disagreements that led to the revolution had many causes, all of which tied in with the fact that the colonists felt abused by England. Even though the colonies began with the intention of aiding England, they had begun to feel independent. There were many economic, political, and social causes for the American Revolution. There were several direct economic conflicts that led to the American Revolution. For instance, the Sugar Act is often considered one of the main factors to lead to the revolution and was imposed by the British to regulate transportation of products such as sugar and molasses (Kelly). This act gave the English the capabilities to monitor the colonists more intensely in order to make sure that they obeyed. Next, the Stamp Act of 1765 was passed, which…show more content…
For instance, subsequent to the British winning the French and Indian War, the British were in great debt, despite their victory. They needed to find a way to gain money, which led to them placing heavy taxes upon the colonies, leading to further conflict (LOC). They used acts such as the Proclamation of 1763 and the Act of 1765 to implement this control. These acts intensely monitored trade and other significant matters, which caused the colonists to feel disrespected, intruded on, and powerless. As a result, they protested, which led to the Boston Massacre. The Boston Massacre began as an unarmed protest, but quickly erupted into a full blown battle (Ushistory.org). Many historians consider the Boston Massacre to be the first battle of the revolution (Boston Massacre Historical
Open Document