All things considered, there are innumerable amounts of reasons that combined to create the American Revolution such as taxation without representation, mercantilism, British self-government, and so much more. Overall, the underlying reason for the revolt was the poor treatment of colonists in the Americas. Self-government was the idea that, typically within a colony, there would be elected rulers that are free to make a majority of decisions without having the need to refer to the official imperial power of the colony. It was established in the Britain, saying that British Parliament, rather than the king, had the absolute authority in government. In the 1730s, the Parliament started passing taxes, regulating the British colonies in the Americas.
Some of the taxes that were implemented onto the Americans were the Sugar and Stamp act, Navigation act, Wool act, Hat act, the Proclamation of 1763, the Quartering Act, Townshend Acts, and the Coercive Intolerable Acts, (Document Five). Each one of these added more stress on the colonist persuading their final decision of starting a revolution. Not only did the taxes install hatred into the colonist but also events and actions that the British did harmed their cause. Those events included; the boston massacre, the French Indian war, Boston Tea Party, and many more, (Document four) As seen the British lead themselves onto the wrong path by trying to tighten their grip on the colonist but ended up hurting themselves when their actions added more fuel to the Americans fire. The taxes and events that took place because of the British trying to make things better ended into the beautiful land of America we live in today.
“ before the dumping of the tea, there was an act made that when tea entered Boston all tea was taxed 3 pence a pound”(Macaulay). The east india company was the ones to tax the tea. Britain a wasn 't too pleasant about the tea dumping so they passed an act for instance. “The intolerable act where the American patriots term for a group of punitive laws passed by the British parliament in 1774 after the Boston tea party”(Walker). After the act was passed everyone who was apart of the dumping went separate ways to the loyal nine.
This was because of the colonists’ past experience with Britain’s king and him having too much power over the people. The Articles had filled a lot of holes in the government system but left many unresolved problems and because of this, the Articles are considered to be a failed government system. After the revolution, America owed millions of borrowed money to other countries. The government had no right to tax the states for money and thus could not come up with the owed money. The Articles of Confederation failed to solve the country 's problem of debt
British policies established in 1763-1776 greatly affected the colonists and pushed them towards developing their own republican values. All of the acts and taxes the British issued and how overly controlling the British were over the colonists was the starting point, also the increasing rebellions encouraged the colonists to break away from Britain’s rule, and finally the wars that resulted and seizing authority from the British was the final turning point for the colonists in eliminating Britain’s heavy-handed ruling over the colonists. The acts, and taxes that came with most of the acts, that the English imposed on the colonists was a substantial reason the colonists opposed British rule. After the French and Indian war the British found
Because of the great amount of power Britain possessed, the colonists were under oppression, ultimately taking action to defend themselves. Namely, according to document 5, the author states, “what is to defend us against so enormous, so unlimited power?”. As the taxes began to mound on top of one over the other, the colonists began to feel overwhelmed. In response, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, and three others, created the Declaration of Independence as a call to war, to offset British rule. Like the Stamp Act, the colonists answered with violence, and the violence only increased as the British made sure to oppress the
The colonies were morally justified in declaring independence because many of the things Great Britain did toward the colonies. Great Britain passed many acts and laws that were not always fair for the colonists. Most the acts and laws were against the colonists rights and they were a corrupt government. It states in the constitution that if the government is immoral and corrupt the people have the right to over throw it and revolt. The first major law that the British government passed that was not good for the colonies was the proclamation of 1763.
The massacre changed the lives of the families and friends of the victims of the massacre, and it also changed the lives of the soldiers. The laws and protests during the time of the massacre were almost as horrific as the massacre itself. Most of the laws were set to tax the Colonies so that Britain could pay their debts, but they did not work due to the boycotts the Patriots had used to protests them. The Townshend Acts, created by Charles Townshend, were a taxation of all of all of the goods that were imported into America. The acts were so outrageous, that it eventually led to the Boston Massacre.
The colonists were already uncontent because of British taxation, and the Boston Massacre would further enrage them. Tension had been high since October 1768 when 4,000 British troops first appeared in Massachusetts to enforce the heavy tax burden imposed by the Townshend acts. Reinforcement troops were sent by the parliament to increase the taxes on the American colonies.
The many taxations and laws passed by parliament had a grave affect on every colonist with only benefit for the British. Although the British had a good reason to tax us colonists their expectations of how us colonists would fulfill, were unrealistic. The colonists were not able to choose how they wanted to repay the British
The grievances that led the continental congress The continental congress led the king to heavily taxing items. The reaction to the colonist was beyond angry. When the king started to tax the items, the people wanted to rebel. This led to the declaration of independence. Soon after the items were taxed the people would stop buying them.
These wars showed just how much Britain controlled the colonies, politically and economically. Britain raised taxes for the colonists, made more rules, and put more soldiers there. All these efforts by Britain just caused the colonists to rebel. This really raised the question of how much control Britain had over the colonists. The colonists ended up developing their own government, which only happened because the British rule refused to allow them to have any control, so their only choice was to rebel.
The Townshend duties where a series of duties imposed upon the colonists which taxed the importation of glass, lead, paints, paper, and tea imported into the colonies. Furthermore, all of the things that the Townshend act put a tax on where basic needs for life in the colonies and with the tax on paper even college and death were to now have taxes on them. With this in mind you can see the dangerous mind set implemented by the British; the British saw the colonist as nothing more than an income stream, a place where revenue was generated for the use of the crown. This ideology is extremely dangerous for a government to have for it makes the people nothing more than money to be taxed and takes away all humanity involved in governing. Not only that, but the citizens were not even allowed to vote on there taxes sparking the no taxation without representation
The colonists were treated very poorly by the English government and they had been denied their rights as Englishmen. The taxation of representation was another main cause for the revolution. When it comes to how they won their independence they had help from France. After the French and Indian War, Britain took the unusual step of taxing the colonists for the cost of the war. Colonists had been taxed before,