As tensions in Great Britain grew economically and politically, the American colony declared themselves an independent nation. Gaining their independence was significant, however, keeping it would be the challenge. The Americans knew a stable federal republic was essential to remaining independent, thus they created the Constitution. Although, the creation of the Constitution and the equality it ensues a controversial issue, the Constitution did not fulfil the job it was designed to do. The document did not establish a fair government.
Some people started hinting that there was dark designs behind the Stamp Act. The thought that “the tax was a gradual plot to deprive the colonists of their freedoms and to enslave them beneath a tyrannical regime.” People were very worried about this and they did not want it to happen. They just wanted to live in America with their
However, the legal opinions known as the Insular Cases plagued Puerto Rican immigrants. These cases argued that Puerto Rico was full of “alien races”. This meant that Puerto Rican Immigrants would not be covered by the United States constitution. America treated Puerto Ricans unfairly by not allowing them to have passports or any legal standing in the United States until 1917. In 1917 Puerto Ricans became United States citizens under the Jones-Shafroth act.
Impact of Colonisation: Colonisation affected Aboriginal and Torres Straight islanders because they weren’t acknowledged upon colonisation as a civilized people. In 1788 the British , wrongly believed that the indigenous peoples did not have a system of land law deserving of recognition by the common law. Because of this, the English crown clamed both sovereignty and ownership of Australia (Terra Nullis- which means no ones land) and did not recognise the land previously belonging to a people because they did not see them as having a system of laws and customs concerning the land. Impact of Colonisation on Contemporary Issues: • Mabo 1992:
Soon, however, reconciliation with Britain was off the table, and a motion for independence was the only remaining option. The evidence presented here does provide footing for Vowell’s argument, especially considering the even further discord when it came to the distribution of
The colonists’ sense of identity and unity as Americans was further developed when they coalesced to fight the British. Many people who lived in the colonies were not English; they were German, Dutch, Swedish, Jewish, Scots-Irish, and French. Some people were a mixture of many different ethnic groups. This “mixed” group of people, which could not be found anywhere else in the world, that united to fight for their rights led to the creation of a separate identity (from Britain). The British thought that this “open Rebellion” was unjustifiable and that the colonists had no reason to turn against their mother country, who “…protected them against the Ravages of their Enemies…”
England never had proper control over its colonies. Many immigrants left England knowing that the nation 's power within the colonies was virtually nonexistent. It could be argued that England appointed governors and passed laws before 1763 in an attempt to control its colonies, but it is known that colonists largely undermined these efforts and found ways to circumvent the generally unenforced legislation. The colonies had been deciding their own laws and faith since they had arrived on the foreign continent, because of how accustomed the Americans became to home rule, they would not let England take their right from them.
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.”
In 1899 the American Anti- Imperialist League was founded, inspired by the occupation of Cuba, Puerto Rico, and the Philippians by the United States. The U.S. eventually gave up Cuban, letting it become a nominally independent country, they retained control of Puerto Rico and the Philippians. The Oxford Dictionary defines Imperialism as, “A policy of extending a country’s power and influence by military force.”. The U.S. had complete control of the Philippians, which was not loved by the Filipino people as they revolted in 1899 but were suppressed in 1902. Many Americans supported the government and their expansion of territory, but some notable names did not support it like Andre Carnegie and William James.
The Alien and Sedition Acts that were designed and passed by Congress in 1798 established a range of restrictions on the society. Among those laws, the Naturalization Act made the process of gaining American citizenship longer and the Sedition Act was designed to forbid publishing the materials against the government. While those documents “were in conflict with the Bill of Rights”, the Congress considered them appropriate (Roark 281). The positions of people within the society regarding these laws differed. From the point of view of a recent immigrant, these laws were inappropriate for the American democratic society.
This is because the colonies had a mercantilist system; they existed for the british government to help grow their mother country 's wealth. In summary the American colonies had enough freedom to create their own laws but had no control over taxes and trade legislation. In 1776 Peace could not be reached between the colonies and Great britain for a few reasons. One is that in 1760
After many fatal encounters between the two, America had gained control of the territory. They applied for annexation into the United States twice, but congress did not want to aggravate Mexican officials. Although, after James K. Polk was elected president in 1844, congress voted to annex Texas. The United States was not justified in the war with Mexico because they didn’t follow their laws, undisputed territory, and the idea of manifest destiny. To begin with, The United States was not justified because they didn’t abide by Mexico’s
The annexation of the Hawaiian islands was not supported by the natives, but it by many powerful and rich foreigners. In secret, they formed a committee and plotted to overthrow the monarchy. To quell any uprisings, they solicited the aid of the United States Marines, since they did not possess enough power to stop it themselves. With Queen Liliuokalani out of office, they were one step closer to their goal of annexation. The US was not totally innocent when it comes to the annexation of Hawaii.
These words by poets Aurora and Rosario Morales, Puerto Rican Americans, reveal the struggle of the average Puerto Rican. For example, most islanders do not fully understand who they are or how to present themselves when someone asks, “What is your family’s ancestry like?” or, “Where does Puerto Rico get its unique culture?” These questions spark the idea of a questioning identity. This is because the island of Puerto Rico was formed with the help of many different cultures. Are the people of this island African?