What Are Some Examples Of Intercolonial Unity Dbq

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The British imposed a lot of restrictions on the colonists which ultimately led to them developing their own sense of identity and unity as Americans by the eve of the Revolution. The main purpose of the colonies was to benefit the mother country so therefore the colonies were expected to produce goods, obtain precious metals (such as gold), and to make a profit that would allow them and England to continue to function. The colonists were also expected to abide by all of the rules which the British imposed upon them without questioning or complaining to the powers above them. Due to this feeling of rage that was growing in the colonies, a well-known political cartoon was published in the Pennsylvania Gazette which illustrated the fundamental …show more content…

This group of people decided to rebel against the Stamp Act and that the colonies should begin to boycott British goods. There were those who felt that it was impossible for the colonists to be given the rights of Englishmen if they remained under the British rule, so they decided they must begin to operate independently (Document B). Mercantilism led to the Sons of Liberty and the Daughters of Liberty which were organizations that came together in order to cause violence against those enforcing the mercantile laws. These two organizations are examples of colonial unity created by the hatred the colonists felt towards their British rulers. As the situation in the colonies grew out of control, Britain sent 2 regiments of troops to the colonies in order to ensure safety and that people were paying their taxes. The colonists viewed this as completely violating their rights, so on March 5th, 1770, a fight broke out in an attempt by the colonists to fight back for what they believed in. The Boston Massacre was seen by the colonists as a great day because it put an end to the myth of the hopelessness of fighting (and in a sense, beating) Britain. Over the span of about 15 years, the colonial unity seen in the colonies continued to grow due to the ongoing conflicts between the colonists and the …show more content…

As a result of this difficulty, the first Committee of Correspondence was established in 1772. Eventually, each colony had a committee which served as a means of organizing action against Great Britain which was a major step in unifying the colonies. In 1773, the British East Indie Company was facing bankruptcy because of unsold tea, so the British gave this company a monopoly on the American tea business which infuriated the colonists. This feeling of resentment is what ultimately led to the Boston Tea Party. On December 16, 1773, colonists in Boston dressed up as Indians and burned the ships in the Boston Harbor that carried hundreds of cases of tea. The British instantly inflicted the Intolerable Acts on the people of Massachusetts as a punishment for rebelling against them. The response to this was one of the biggest displays of colonial unity, all of the colonies worked together in order to help send food and supplies to the people of Massachusetts who were impacted by these ‘intolerable’ laws (Document G). In 1774, fifty five delegates of from the First Continental Congress came together in order to create the Declaration of Rights and the Association which was a document that closely resembled a constitution and stated that there should be a complete boycott of British goods. The colonists, showing a huge amount of unity, came together

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