The idea of wanting its independence from Britain was forced upon them after the French and Indian War when Americans felt that they were receiving unfair treatment from Great Britain. The French and Indian War altered British and American relations by changing the colonist's beliefs in having the need for British control, and these events brought American colonies together for the first time politically. Economically, the British made relations harsh by enforcing things such as the Stamp Act which made many of the colonist's unhappy. The ideological viewpoint of the American colonist's drastically changed with the opposing viewpoints of the British. American colonists questioned many of Britain's laws and beliefs after the French and Indian War.
The Currency Act was also passed in 1764. The colonists responded to the Sugar Act and Currency Act by protesting against the use of writs of assistance, or search warrants, which were filled out after the illegal goods were found, violating the Colonists rights. Alleged smugglers would be tried in the Admiralty Courts where the accused had no right to trail by jury and the judge pocketed 1/3 of the fines they imposed. The Stamp Act of 1765 enraged the colonists for this act was a direct... ... middle of paper ... ...looks at how the Revolution affected the minorities and is not interested in any other parts. The true nature of the conflict between the British and the Colonists was that the British had loosely governed the colonies in the beginning.
Parliament tried to establish power in the New World by issuing a series of laws. The passage of these laws undermined the Colonist’s loyalty to Britain and stirred the Americans to fight for their freedom. The colonies also accepted England’s right to monitor trade. The change of course in 1767 was what really riled the colonies. England began to slowly tighten its imperial grip to avoid a large reaction from the colonists.
After hundreds of years of salutary neglect, by enforcing the laws of Mercantilism on the colonies, Britain backed the colonists into a corner where they had no choice but to fight for their rights. After the French and Indian War, Britain committed many “missteps” regarding their control in the colonies. Even though the colonists were determined to be treated fairly by Britain, they were forced into rebelling because of Britain’s harsh policies towards the colonies including taxation, troop placement, and Mercantilism.
The Intolerable Acts closed the port of Boston, drastically reduced self government power, and provided the colonists’ barns and houses for the quartering of troops. Bitter feelings toward Parliament were heightened when this act was passed. By enforcing the Tea Act and the Intolerable Acts, Parliament had taken away much freedom, g... ... middle of paper ... ...r fellow citizens from threat. General Thomas Gage was informed of these preparations in Boston and took action to seize the rebel leaders, which ultimately resulted in the first battle of the Revolution. The British did not hesitate to act aggressively towards the colonists, which was a central reason behind all the underlying tensions that led to bloody conflicts.
It is relevant that the American Revolution was caused by the unique nature of the American Colonists and their society in contrast to their relationships with the English Government. Throughout the Revolution, colonists suffered when it came to them realizing their independent, in order for them to start open rebellion, but the "Common Sense," by Thomas Paine influenced the colonists to structure their identities to enfold as a nation. The success of the Revolution has determined the success of the United States today.
In backlash, Charles I dissolved the Parliament and assembled another, which unfortunately for him, created the Petition of Rights that he was forced to sign2. The Petition of Rights “sets out specific liberties of the subject that the king is prohibited from infringing”3, which includes restrictions on taxation without P... ... middle of paper ... ... American Revolution. Ultimately, the United States Bill of Rights along with the American Declaration of Independence, among the leading examples of modern democracy, were heavily influenced by the Age of Enlightenment as reformers like Jefferson understood that cyclic destruction of social oppression. In conclusion, misuse of absolute monarchy leads to vicious cycles. Even though monarchs have argued for social benefits, they fail to meet with expectations of commoners.
The relationship between the colonists and the British was already weak but after this war the ties became even weaker than imaginable. From the war Britain gained control over the entire Eastern Coast which caused the political relationship to be altered. The British completely pushed the French settlers out of North America, resulting in Britain’s control of the entire east coast, which caused a vast change in North America. Document A is an efficient example to display the change in control through maps of North America before 1754 and after 1763, the time frame of the war. Britain now faced a new task at hand- governing the mother country and now the lands it had conquered.
They didn't only have to worry about paying off the dept but their new territory between the Appalachian and Alledheny mountains. Looking for friendship through the proclamation towards the Native American caused a huge problem. The colonies protested that they were taking away their land for settlement. Great Britain thought the colonist benefited from all of this that should may the cost. Parliament passed another law in 1765, called the Stamp Act.
This act sought harsher punishment for smugglers. The next act to be passed was possibly the most controversial act passed by Britain. The Stamp Act passed in 1765 affected every colonist because it required all printed documents to have a stamp purchased from the British authority. The colonist boycotted British goods until the Stamp Act was repealed but quickly replaced by the Declaratory Act in 1766. The British still held onto the conviction that they had the right to tax the Americans in any way they deemed necessary.