American Revolution Dbq Essay

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Americans went through a long and difficult journey before they were truly able to be free from England. Colonists in America fought in the American Revolution to terminate British rule; the battle for independence continued with the War of 1812. Although all the odds were against the Americans, they managed to be victorious in both wars by rebelling, standing up to British threat, and strategizing. The American Revolution was caused by a series of attempts from the British to tax American colonists. After a war against France, Britain ruled an enormous overseas empire. Britain however faced war debt and was in need of money to administer the overseas empire. The crown decided that since the colonists were the primary beneficiaries of this empire, it was time to have them contribute to the empire’s revenue by paying taxes.
In 1765, England passed on the Stamp Act. The Stamp Act taxed a seal that was required on important documents in England, and extended that tax across the Atlantic Ocean, and into the colonies. The tax seemed like a fair deal because all the revenue generated in the colonies from the tax, would stay in the colonies, rather than get sent back to England. Even though it was
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In July of 1776, the colonies declared their independence. The war wasn’t over, but the colonies considered themselves independent and therefor created their own government- The Articles of Confederation, to abolish British rule. The Articles of Confederation became the law in 1781. Meanwhile, the fighting in the war continued and the colonists managed to be successful in two major battles that led to their victory in the American Revolution- The Battle of Saratoga in 1777 and the Battle of Yorktown in 1781. The American Revolution finally came to an end in 1783 with the Treaty of Paris. Colonists were formally given their independence by
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