In 1765, the Declaratory Act was enforce by the British which stated that the colonies were to be controlled by Britain and with this furthered Britain’s power of governance over its colonies. Although the declaratory act repealed the Stamp Act, it left no room for the freedom of the colonies because it reminded the colonist of the British control over them. The colonists tried to make peaceful relations as a way to gain their independence from britian. One way they ddid this was that the Colonial Confederation wrote a letter to King George III asking peacefully if Britain would allow them to be free. The king responded by saying no and that anyone who tried to face the British government would be hung and killed. This was when the colonial government knew they needed war to gain there independance. These political events happened beacuse of the French and Indian War which resulted in the colonists no longer trusted the British and the fact that the French would support them against the British. British troops were everywhere in various parts of America in the years following the War. One incident, in 1770, showed the colonists’ anger towards Britain: This incident was The Boston Massacre. This was not a massacre because only 5 people died, but the colonists believed that the British were shooting them for no reason. So they spread the word that it was a “massacre.” This event shows how colonists were so desperatly trying to gain their freedom that they would lie about Britain in order to get it. Political issues in both Britain and America caused tension between the two
Great Britain’s colonization of the New World was motivated by power and money. Consequently, this directly affected American citizens in almost every aspect of their daily lives. Tensions arose as Americans felt that they were being forced to conform to Britain’s political, social and cultural views. As Enlightenment spread, America began to view their relationship with the government very differently. Soon after, British Parliament decided to pass the Stamp Act without a single American representative’s consent. This caused for major upheaval, and in retaliation the Sons of Liberty were formed to protest against the British. Shortly after, violent events emerged like the Boston Massacre and the Boston Tea Party that sparked one of the most memorable revolutions. The horrific protests that took place during the Revolution, helped influence the Founding Fathers decision to add the Bill of Rights to the Constitution.
The thirteen colonies were originally ruled by Great Britain, and were very content with their relationship with Britain for several hundred years. However, the colonists began growing more and more discontented with Britain’s actions, or lack thereof, which began a road to revolution (Medvedev). The main causes of the American Revolution included aftermath of the French and Indian War, British taxation, mercantilism, and their overall discontentment with Britain’s abuse (Hoolihan). After the French and Indian War, colonists began to become frustrated with the British because American officers and soldiers were insulted and the military ranks of many Americans were not upheld or recognized by the British. The British did not give their colonies credit for assisting in the French and Indian war, which also led to American frustration. Becau...
Most violent revolutions have a justifiable basis: people may feel victimized, undergo rigorous financial inequality or become provoked under foreign rule. The governed people vehemently rebel against a foreseen partial system as they are trampled by the weight of tyrannical power. The American Revolution is a prime example of a violent revolution which was fought between Britain and the 13 British colonies of America. Britain fought France during the French and Indian War which produced a huge national debt. The French and Indian War was fought in North America the British protected American homes from invasion. Therefore, the British government felt that taxing the colonists was reasonable. The British placed unfair taxes upon the Americans without their permission. They passed the Stamp Act which required a stamp on all official paper documents, the Sugar Act which placed taxes on other goods, and the Townshend Act which placed a tax on all imported goods especially tea. The British were incensed because they were not properly represented in Parliament. They did not agree to these new taxes that they were burdened with. In response the colonists boycotted British goods. King George III countered by sending more soldiers to keep the peace. Tension between Britain
This bloody event was known as the Boston Massacre one of the more well known events leading us to the American Revolution. The first battle of an 8 year war for independence broke out in 1775 at Lexington and Concord. A leading cause for Americans declaring independence came from Britain's“taxation without representation” through the Stamp Act, Sugar Act and Tea Act. 1 year into the war American leader were fed up and held a meeting in Independence Hall where they created and signed the Declaration of Independence where Americans declared freedom from Britain. After many deaths Americans held their ground with aid from France, given after the Battle of Saratoga. Achieving independence from Britain in 1783 showed that Americans could compete with a superpower like Britain. Americans were left feeling proud of their accomplishment and ready to run their own
The French-Indian War not only affected the French and the British, but also took a toll on the colonists with the implementation of the Stamp Act, a tax on all printed materials. Will Alfred wrote a letter to Britain’s Secretary of State explaining the true reason the colonists were upset about the Stamp Act, even though it was “a tax on none of the necessities of life.” The problem was not the tax, but the manner in which the tax was enforced, without any representation in parliament (Doc B). This angered the colonists because without any representation, the British could pass unjust laws and they would have no say in the matter. This letter was published in the Boston newspaper three months after the Stamp Act was implicated, so it fueled
Down with British sovereignty, the fight for freedom and independence. The colonist took on a new attitude in the early 1770’s. British parliament was imposing taxes to offset the cost of the French and Indian war. British tax collectors with the aid British troops, set out to collect fees. The mere presence of British soldiers angered colonists, although some still loyal to King George III. The cumulating presence of troops, illegal taxing without representation, set the tone for independence. The Quartering Act allowing British soldiers to occupy public buildings and private homes, escalated tensions in the colonies. The killing and wounding of civilians in the Boston massacre had a profound effect on identity of colonists, leading to the Boston Tea party. The tax placed on Tea, an everyday commodity, placed a monopoly in British hands. The colonist’s rebellion to the Tea Act was to dump the imported Tea into Boston harbor. King George III now angered by this, resolved to enforce British sovereignty.
During the late eighteenth century, the thirteen colonies demanded independence from the domineering Great Britain. Angered by unjust taxes and acts limiting the autonomy of the colonies, the colonies acquiesced in a weak union to fight for freedom from oppression and British rule forever. While the American Revolution caused massive change in the political structure of the government, the fight for independence had less impact on the social atmosphere and economy of the United States.
The American Revolution (1775-1783) was a revolution was based on British implemented high taxes, which lead to the American revolting against the British authority. The reason why the American Colonialist revolted because they wanted representation in Parliament, which is the reason why many primary documents during this time emphasize “no taxation without representation”. With the events such as Stamp Act, the Boston Tea Party and the first shots fired upon of the revolutionary war at the battle of Lexington and Concord led the American Colonialist to sign the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. At the end of the revolution in 1783, Britain had lost significant land to the newly formed United States of America. However, during the American Revolution there was a different narrative that was unaccounted for; Colin Callaway’s book The American Revolution in Indian Country: Crisis and Diversity in Native American Communities explores the unaccounted stories of indigenous people and nations during the American Revolution.
One of the most famous events of the colonies efforts to severe ties and rebel against the British government was the Boston Tea Party. The British government enacted the tea act of 1773, in an effort to revive a failing East India Company. The Tea act would not enforce higher taxes or prices on the tea for the consumers, it was established to create a monopoly for the East India Company. The taxes for the faltering tea company would be lowered in an effort to lowball other providers of tea to the colonies. Even though colonists would be getting tea for a better value, they saw this act by the British Government as another example of unjust taxation (History.com, 2009).