Hailey Ohl Mr. Snyder American Cultures I period 3 11 December 2017 The Olive Branch Petition could not stop The Revolutionary War If Britain had accepted the Second Continental Congress’s Olive Branch petition the Revolutionary war could not have been avoided. The Olive branch petition is a peace petition sent to king George III by colonial delegates after the battles of Lexington and Concord. There were several reasons based on events that had happened before 1775 that can date back to many things the British have done that would have not stopped the war it was just a matter of time.
Finally, the restrictions of freedom that Britain puts on the colonist. Even if King George III had accepted the Olive Branch Petition, the Revolutionary war would have been unavoidable because the British had already done so much damage to the colonist. The colonist revolted against the king, which made the king mad, so there is no way the Olive Branch Petition would have
The British Empire direly wanted control of the lands surrounding the Colonies. In doing this, the Empire would be able to prevent future wars between the British and Native Americans and the British and other major nations since the war was really caused by reckless groups of Colonists. However, the Colonists still wanted this land because they could make money off of it. Also, the British Empire stationed 7,500 soldiers in the colonies after the war to assist in protection of the Colonies and preventing another war between major nations. However, these troops more or less serve as a means of enforcing acts produced by Parliament.
The lands given to Britain included the sugar island colonies in the West Indies, French colonies in India, and all of France’s North American possessions east of the Mississippi Rivers, all of Canada, and Spanish Florida. While this may have gave territorial advantages to the British, it also created massive challenges such as national debt increasing and having to maintain all of their new acquisitions. To reduce the debt of the warfare, the British government began taxing American colonists. These taxes were met with much resentment. “The tensions between the British need for greater revenue from the colonies and the Americans defense of their rights and liberties set in motion a chain of events that would lead to revolution and independence” (America a Narrative History pg. 163).
The British lost 300 men killed, wounded, or missing. With these many casualties for the British, it was safe to say that no petition was going to sort out what went down at Lexington and Concord. The Americans tried anyways and desperately, with an attempt to restore peace, The Olive Branch Petition was adopted by Congress and sent directly to King George III. The king refused to read the petition and patriots realized Parliament was acting with the knowledge and royal support. This further angered more and more colonists, while Thomas Paine’s, Common Sense intensified it
In 1774, delegates from the colonies formed what was known as the First Continental Congress to send a list of complaints to King George III. The King ignored the colonists. In June 1776, the Second Continental Congress met in Philadelphia and decided it was time to create a document that declared America's independence from Great Britain. Since the King kept ignoring the colonists' complaints, the only choice left for the colonies was to rebel.
The King of Great Britain was also imposing taxes without the consent of the people in the Americas and thus it angered the colonists. The Constitution fixed this grievance from the Declaration by stating that the Congress was the only ones with the power to collect taxes from the colonists and since they were people elected, the people had a voice to say whether or not they were paying taxes. King George III of Great Britain decided that he would destroy all trading with the colonists and the members of congress came up with the idea that they would have the only power to regulate the trading. This also brought along the ever popular saying, “taxation without representation”. When it comes to the military powers, they were also deemed to be unfair and this grievance needed to be addressed by
Colonist had their reasons for coming over to the New World. For many it was for economic growth, religious freedoms, or escaping the political and social systems of their native lands. They enjoyed their freedoms and liberties as new societies while being developed, but it was not an easy accomplishment. The colonist worked hard on developing their towns on their beliefs and values far from the reach of England. As time went on, there was growing tension between the thirteen American colonies and England, their motherland.
The Declaration of Independence expresses the unjust application of the Parliament on colonists, “He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution… For quartering large bodies of armed troops among us” (Grievance 14). A direct example of this can be seen with the Quartering Act which made the housing of British troops legal, thus forcing the colonists to pay for it, even in private homes (Out of Many, 119). The Quartering Act, part of the Intolerable Acts, was passed in 1774 to make sure colonists paid their taxes, as the British were so focused on collecting revenue (Out of Many, 119). Along with the other acts, all of them sought to punish Massachusetts and other colonies in response to the Boston Tea Party.
At the dawn of the 1770s, American colonial resentment of the British Parliament in London had been steadily increasing for some time. Retaliating in 1766, Parliament issued the Declaratory Act which repealed most taxes except issued a reinforcement of Parliament’s supremacy. In a fascinating exchange, we see that the Parliament identifies and responds to the colonists main claim; Parliament had no right to directly tax colonists who had no representation in Parliament itself. By asserting Parliamentary supremacy while simultaneously repealing the Stamp Act and scaling back the Sugar Act, Parliament essentially established the hill it would die on, that being its legitimacy. With the stage set for colonial conflict in the 1770s, all but one
The American colonies established their resistance to the British royal crown, as the ministers of King George III began to impose new taxes trying to reduce debt that incurred during the French and Indian War, aka the Seven Years War (1754-1763). The American
During the Colonial Era (1492-1763), colonists were justified in waging war against Great Britain; due to the inequitable Stamp Act, the insufferable British oppression, and the perceived tyranny of King George III, the king of Great Britain, however, the colonists were unjustified in some of their actions. In Colonial America, colonists were justified in waging war against Great Britain, because the Stamp Act was unfair and viewed as punishment. Because of the war, Britain had no other choice but to tax the colonists to pay for the debt. For example, according to document 2, the author states that the act was not only for trade but for “the single purpose of levying money.”
Olive Branch Petition was written in July 8, 1775. After one year, we got Declaration of Independence, you can see one year brings a lot of changes just by compare this two documents. It is one of the few document that wrote in American’s viewpoint. Olive Branch Petition is a direct request to King George III, and the petition has been signed by the thirteen colonies’ delegates. Thirteen colonies’ statement at that time is they want to maintain solidarity with the Britain.
The Olive Branch Petition was sent from the colonists to Great Britain in hopes of achieving peace and relieving the tensions between them put in place prior to the Battle of Lexington and Concord in 1774. Great Britain responded to the petition with a letter referring to the colonists as traitors to their mother country. This response effectively initiated the Revolutionary War for the colonists. Many varying political views stemmed from whether the colonists should embark on a revolution that would move them out of the guidance of Great Britain and that would provide them independence from Great Britain. Some argued that the revolution would be a “conservative” revolution where every thing will remain largely the same, in terms of political
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