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A Summary of the American Revolution

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Between 1765 and 1783, tension grew fanatically. Due to being in a heavy debt from the Seven Year’s War, the British colonies tried to recover the lost by taxing the colonists. They impose the Stamp Act, which placed a tax on all paper documents. The colonist protested against this. The Stamp Act was repealed in 1766, only to have another tax sent out. Once more the colonist protested. When the British Empire still tried to apply taxes, the colonist stood in protest in Boston against British military men on March 5, 1770. Angry shouts turned into snowball throwing, possibly some snowballs filled with pebbles, the colonists were answered with whizzing bullets from the soldiers' guns. Three were killed on the spot, two soon followed due to their wounds. This became known as the Boston Massacre among the Thirteen Colonies.

In 1773, the British government created the Tea Act, not to raise revenue to pay off their debt from the Seven Year War, but to aid in bailing out the staggering East India Company. The act granted the company the right to ship its tea directly to the colonies without first landing it in England, and to commission agents who would have the sole right to sell tea in the colonies. According to History.com this act “retained the duty on imported tea at its existing rate, but, since the company was no longer required to pay an additional tax in England, the Tea Act effectively lowered the price of the East India Company’s tea in the colonies.” Tea was the prime favorite merchandise in Britain, the colonists on the other hand did not have the same views as their British cousins. With the taxes placed on to the tea, it increases their dislike of both British and tea. However instead of angry voices and violence as they...

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