Colonial Resistance: The Impact of British Imperial Policies

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Ever since the first settlements of the English in the New World, the Colonies had fought for expansion of their rights. By 1763, British rule began to strain with the enforcement of imperial policies; this intensified Colonials’ resistance to British rule by the rebelling of the Colonies against the British government, in response to the sudden and strict changes. These changes also encouraged implement of the Colonies’ republican values. Some of these policies included taxation on documents and British goods in the Colonies in attempt of the British government to control markets in the colonies. One of the various imperial policies created by the British government was the Stamp Act Of 1765, this policy called for taxation of every printed document in the colonies, such as newspapers, wills, licenses, among others. It was also an attempt by England to raise revenue from the colonies without consent from colonial assemblies, instead of serving the purpose of regulating commerce as other …show more content…

The second part of act imposed taxes on good from England that were brought to the colonies, such as lead, paint, paper, and tea. He also established missionaries that fixed their headquarters in Boston, to end smuggling. The Colonist opposed the suspension of the New York Assembly, because it was a threat the governments of the colonist. American merchants in Boston were also angry because the commission was redirecting the smugglers elsewhere, showing an excessive use of power. The colonist responded by organizing a boycott of British goods that were part of the Townshend Duties, allowing American domestic products to become more popular in the

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