“Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state, an intolerable one.”1 -Thomas Paine, “Common Sense”
The British government was not looking for the best of the people. They were only thinking about what they wanted; the government was not interested in what the people wanted so they decided to make decisions on their own, which resulted in changes that form the United States today. Because of this, they were justified in rebelling and declaring independence.
Many Americans and British have different opinions on what went on and who was right in the American Revolution. Americans thought they were right and so did the British. The American Revolution went on from 1775 to 1783. The very first battle, Lexington and Concord, was “a shot heard around the world.” Coming back to our opinions, were the American colonists justified to break off of Britain? The American colonists were justified by taxation, no representation, and the lack of land they owned.
The Sugar Act caused alarm in the American colonies because of the expected economic disadvantages, and its difficult implementation in all thirteen colonies. Added to this was a general post-war depression that affected the colonies. It was this combination of factors which provided the background for the oppositional activities. One of the steps taken, was to threat with a boycott all of English products. Meanwhile rumors of a possible new act which was being prepared by the British added to the growing tension in the American
The British were low on money from the French and Indian war, so Charles Townshend decided place a duty, or tax, on certian goods the colonies imported from Great Britain. Glass, paint, paper, and tea were a few of the taxed items. The colonists were not happy that they were getting taxed without their consent. Sameul Adams helped convince the colonies to start a boycott. Women played a very important part in the boycott. Since they did most of the shopping, they were the ones who had to find a way to get their nessecities without buying British items. The new leader, Lord North, realized that the Townshend Acts were a big money loser so he pursuaded the Parliment to stop the Townshend Acts. All taxes were lifted exept for the tea duty, which
The tea act taxed the colonists on tea and enabled British merchants to sell tea in better prices. Once, a secret organization that hated British law went out in the night, dressed up as Indians, threw many boxes of British tea down the Boston Harbor. This event was called the Boston Tea Party.
The Molasses Act was a law issued by the British Parliament to restrict trade in the North American colonies. Molasses is made when sugarcane is boiled and made into sugar crystals, and is a secondary product made from the sugarcane industry. The extra part of the sugarcane after distillation is molasses, which was used as a sweetener, was used as an ingredient for rum, and many other purposes. (Revolutionary War and Beyond) Molasses was the most critical sweetener, because it was cheaper than refined sugar. This act was put into place because the colonies were getting cheaper molasses from the French, because French planters had to sell molasses for less money. This was because the French had a law that didn 't allow them to export rum or
The Revolutionary War between the colonists and England sparked the United States into becoming their own independent nation. The Sugar Interest, a group of British men that lived in England and had overseers in the West Indies doing work for them, said that colonists could only buy sugar from the British West Indies, which spiraled into multiple infractions between the British and the Colonists. Many facets can be put forth into the reasoning for the Revolution occurring, but some argue that the Sugar Interest could be blamed for it in its entirety.
In 1763, British won the French and Indian war. To help them win this war, they took control of Quebec, Montreal, and, most importantly, Cuba and the French Caribbean Colonies, which were primarily used to harvest sugar. The Sugar Interest had a lot of power in parliament, as many were either in parliament or paid for their members. Since increasing the amount of sugar that the colonists and British would obtain decreases its value, the sugar planters wanted Parliament to get rid of these new sugar islands. British gave their islands back to the French, for a price. British gave up their caught islands, but kept Quebec. France additionally gave up Louisiana and split it at the Mississippi,
The colonists were justified in waging war and breaking away from Britain. This is because Britain taxed them unfairly and without their representation. Britain also was cruel and tyrannical, and did not treat them fairly.
The Sugar Act was to prevent the colonies from printing their own money, and being able to proceed with gaining money.
The colonists desired a sense of freedom and power that was not obtained by the sovereign rule of England, so they instituted an improved governmental system that resolved most of their concerns, but was not without faults. The way England was controlling and monarchially put doubts and frustration in the minds of the commonfolk in America who felt used and dissatisfied (Doc 1). As a result, the Declaration of Independence was written that renounced the jurisdiction of Great Britain and gave themselves the independence. This also had the negative impact of the descent into fighting and the allegiance issue (Doc 2). Shown in document 3, there was a separation of the population in the colonies because some remained loyal to the crown. Much
One time the British passed a law that allowed the british soldiers to forcefully live in the colonists’ home! The colonies started out to benefit Great Britain, but after one war and lots of laws, the colonies were going to be part of a revolution. What was the American Revolution about? Economic Rights or Civil Liberties? On one hand the British instilled unfair regulations on trade and goods. On the other hand the British deprived the colonists of even the most basic of rights. The American Revolution was more about Civil Liberties because there are three main arguments that support it: Taxation without Representation, the Quartering Act, and the Intolerable (Coercive) Acts. These actions that the British did justified the colonists’ revolution.
The French and Indian War left England with a debt of £130,000,000. To help pay off the debt Britain set up taxes, to collect money, on frequently used products by the colonists. The Molasses Act put a six pence tax on every gallon of molasses. The colonists thought this was a lot of money to pay so they did everything to avoid it. This act was not really enforced and the colonists did not really obey this act. Britain needed a way to fix this. They came up with the Sugar Act, a set of taxes to help Britain raise money. Taxes were not a new thing for the colonists, but these new taxes caused big issues.