They also fear that having their opinions and needs being disregarded, and be forced to abide by the British’s rule unfairly. As a result, they choose to rebel because they want to be independent and prevent further mistreatment from the British. According to documents five, six, and seven, the King of Britain is a tyrant and sullen-tempered. The colonists fear the tyranny they will be exposed to if they were still under the British’s rule. The colonists are expected to blindly comply to the laws
Trade has made the colonies an extremely wealthy place, so the king is therefore cutting-off the colonies’ success. The Declaration of Independence is then supporting Paine’s argument, a rebel-justifying-another rebel situation. According to Martin Howard, a loyalist, “wether born in Great Britain, on the ocean, or in the colonies; and it is in this sense we are said to enjoy all the rights and privileges of Englishmen,” (89). Another loyalist, Joseph Galloway in 1765 wrote to the New York Gazette that America along with the colonists “will pay her proportion of aids when requisite and demanded,” (Colonists Respond to Stamp Act, 7). To enjoy the rights and privileges of Englishmen, every subject including the colonists had to pay their taxes.
All British citizens are granted that their basic right but when they do not have it fulfilled but the citizens in Britain do, it is not fair to the colonists living in America. “Colonists…look upon this unconstitutional method of Taxation as a direful attack upon their Liberties & loudly exclaim against the violation” (5). The majority of the colonists think that the colonists taking away their basic right is a direct attack against them that it’s not fair. They will protest, make agreements, and create peer pressure so that communities would boycott against the taxes together to protest the unjustness in the
The colonies have been part of the British crown for 168 years now, but independence is something that America needs. The British had created high taxes with unreasonable causes since they just went to war with the French and Indians in American territory, but colonists should not comply the King’s whims no more. American colonists demand independence since freedom is limited by Britain; for this reason, colonists are thinking about how to obtain it.. The British have planted a seed of hatred in the American colonists thanks to the treatment they have given; consequently, colonists are seeking revenge with the British. Due to the fact that the British have mistreated the Americans, the majority of the American colonists may agree with Patrick Henry and are willing to risk their lives for the freedom that Americans deserve.
I don’t think the colonists committed treason because they were being treated unfair by the British government. I can give many examples of them being mistreated by the British the first is that they were taxing the colonists a lot after the British’s war (Mr. Riikonen). That’s unfair because the colonists didn’t even start it and the colonists were getting punished by the British for no fair reason at all. The colonists were not only mistreated but they
The British became tyrants and did things just because they were able to. Britain had “an absolute Tyranny over these states.” (Document 7), it is saying that Britain had complete control over everyone and everything. The British treated all of the colonists like slaves and made the colonists do whatever Britain wanted the people to do. Like when Britain issued the Quartering acts, Britain made the colonists give up their homes and jobs just so the soldiers had a bed, food and money.
Many of the reasons the American colonies believed they were justified in their rebellion from England lay in trade and taxes. When George III inherited the throne at the end of the Seven Years’ War England’s debt had risen to 145 million pounds and his chief minister believed that the American colonies needed to help shoulder the debt. (Nash, et al., 2007. , p. 134) In attempting to collect these taxes from the colonies to relieve the mounting debt Parliament passed a range of acts, which led to discontent among the colonists as many of them restricted trade, their political maneuverability and left many believing they infringed upon their “right to be taxed only by their own consent.”
The british were a force to reckon with, they were the top of the food chain, raining for one-hundred years, destroying powerful nations. A group of farmers, a brewer, and some people who wanted change didn’t seem like they would be any match to the British. A group of people fighting for a cause they believe in is stronger than people fighting for a king. The British brought their own demise by putting tighter and tighter control that led to a revolution in colonial America.
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.
Prior to the American Revolution, history had shown cases of tyrannical governments taking advantage of the people. In most cases these tyrannical governments were shown no mercy and many times they were overthrown. For the American Colonies and the British Government this was completely different. It was different in the way that the American Colonies had shown great dislike for the lack of representation, taxes, and its plain disrespect from its mother land.
The Red Coats gave the Colonist no say against this, it just was added. The British tried to control them by creating, oh great, another act. " In 1774 Parliament responded by passing a series of laws called Coercive Acts... Forced to let British soldiers live among the Colonists... One of the Coercive Acts banned town meeting in Massachusetts.
The colonists were justified in their rebellion, but not really right to say that England's actions were wrong. The British government caused the rebellion because they was taxing the colonists in ways haven’t done before and trying to control colonies more closely than ever. A country has rights to tax its people and enforce its laws, but no country would, stand by and let protesters destroy valuable merchandise.
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. One reason why the colonists decided to rebel and declare independence was because of taxation.