Subsequently, it was appointed to King George III; withal, it was rejected. Obstinacy and greed characterized him, and torment was his specialty. He planned on keeping the “New World” for himself without even considering the outlook from his fellow men. He was not interested in making any type of variation, seeking only for domination. Written in the Olive Branch Petition, there is a line that reads “...your royal authority and influence may be graciously interposed to procure us relief from our afflicting fears and jealousies…” (Dickinson, John).
Then there were the Moderates who did not like what the English doing, and wanted the English to be more lenient with self-rule, but were afraid that revolution was going to be ... ... middle of paper ... ...h? We are part of a whole; we are part of the British Empire the mightiest Empire in the world, there is going to be a price to pay. We have to be loyal subjects of the English Crown, that is how it’s always been, and that’s the way it should be. These radicals are crazy. I read Mr. Paine’s Common sense pamphlets on how England has been a tyrant, that we should declare our freedom, but how can a country of farmers and land workers beat England.
Although he was very sincere when he wrote this, Britain was not giving what he truly wanted. Upon this note, George Washington went against the British government. He started a revolution. Reverend Thomas Barnard also had some similar views and thoughts about Britain and its colonies. In his sermon of 1763, he says, "Safe from the Enemy of the Wilderness, safe from the gripping Hand of arbitrary Sway and cruel Superstition, here shall be the late founded Seat of Peace and Freedom."
Although Thomas Jefferson wrote the document, it expressed the desire of the heart of each colonist to be free of British rule. British rule over the colonies became unbearable in the early months of 1776, making it clear to the colonists that it was time to either give in to British power or declare their independence. This idea of independence divided the colonies, but it was not long before a revolutionary committee met in Philadelphia and drew up the document that would change American history. The Declaration of Independence was written to separate the American colonies from Britain, but there were many underlying goals. It was written to state the grievances that the colonists held against the British, particularly the king.
America desired for King George to recognize them not as colonists who were feebly revolting at what was at the time a world power, but as a separate and equally important people. They believed that they had a right to a free government just as England did, and they wanted to make this perfectly clear. Interestingly enough, America’s intentions were not on fighting and winning the battle through bloodshed. Nevertheless, the signers of this incredible document stated in closing: “We mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.” (Jefferson,1) This meant that as a whole, they were willing to risk everything for their cause. Many of these men were lawyers, politicians, and wealthy land owners.
These important questions can only be answered by concluding that Great Britain was protecting the colonies in order to continue benefiting from them. The French war occurred because British was merely protecting its resources, but not for the cause of the colonies. The pressure induced on the colonies by the British, pushed the colonies to the road of revolution earlier than they had anticipated. However most people wonder, had the British king accepted the continental congress Olive Branch Petition, could the revolutionary war have been avoided? One would agree that the revolution war was inevitable, although it could have been prolonged for few more years had the king and his government handled the colonies issues in a considerably and reasonable manners.
The excerpt itself influenced colonists to take actions for their tolerance from the British and gave them the strength they needed to become unified. In the text, "The House of Commons Questions Benjamin Franklin, 1776," discussed the significance of taxation without representation and it's effectiveness towards the colonists, from his understanding of taxes. The build up to the revolution influenced the colonists' beliefs about their identities as "Englishmen" and about taxation. Yet, they also needed to realize their independent in order for them to begin open rebellion. In the American Revolution, the colonists had strong beliefs that the English government was unfair and often tyrannical.
An oppressed people will eventually rise against the oppressor regardless of loyalties they may have had in the past to their oppressor. Humans can only withstand so much oppression before eventually reaching a breaking point-a fact the British Empire failed to realize when they took oppressive actions on their colonies that would cause conflict and culminate into the American Revolution. After claiming victory in the French-Indian War, the British decided to implement policies and taxes in the colonies the colonists that the colonists considered illegal due to lack of their consent. While initially, the colonists did attempt more peaceful and logical alternatives to resolve their discontent with the British Empire, eventually more oppressive taxes and violent events culminated to a full Revolution. Before the revolution, the British had incurred debt from the French-Indian War and needed to raise money: they turned to the colonies as a source of income.
It was the start of a revolution for the Americans. Britain was the legal and legitimate owner of the American Colonies. The Colonies decided upon a forcible break with the mother country and alleged wrongful acts by the British Government. Because we wanted our own society and our own form of government in effort to shift from a monarchy to a form of democracy, the British imposed us with many unruly laws which did give us a say in the government whatsoever; King George III of Great Britain ignored our problems because he was only required to make any laws he wanted regardless people disagreed with them or not and we could not vote for a politician that would serve our interests America is the one of the only nation in the world whose establishment was only based on an idea. And that one idea is what made the American Revolution a revolution.
The Stamp Act upset the colonist... ... middle of paper ... ...ited through their local governments though, because they wanted to stay colonies to Britain they still had no future plans for independence, the people believed that they would be able to either get representation in parliament or that the taxes on colonists would end. The parliamentary taxes were primarily the main reason for colonial rebellion; the colonies if being taxed very simply wanted representation in parliament. The British military measures and restriction of civil liberties are next because they are really tied together. Without one there could not be the other, and then last comes the legacy of colonial religion and political ideas. The sudden end to salutary neglect would impact the colonists in ways that the British could not have imagined, and would eventually be a main cause for the American Revolution, and forming of a new independent nation.