Causes of the American Revolution

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From 1763, Americans had only to be convinced that an arbitrary ruler-

whether Parliament or King-was violating their inherent rights, to feel

that rebellion was justified. This conviction was bred in them by the

series of events that occurred between 1763 and 1776. The language used to

protest the British Acts was legal, and political. But the primary cause of

the Revolution was economics.

In theory the colonists accepted the principle that natural laws

rather than royal decrees should govern the economy. In practice only the

southern colonies were bound to England by the tobacco trade. The New

England and Middle Colonies, unable to find markets in Britain, found

prosperity by trading outside the empire. Any attempt to stop this trade

would lead to rebellion and consequentially ensued. The idea of

mercantilism where the channelizing of all trade through England, was a

restriction upon economic prosperity of the New England colony.

The major cause for revolution within the economic theory is of

economic subordination of colonies to England. The Grenv...

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