Parliamentary taxation was the most important factor that pushed the colonists to rebel. An example of this was the Stamp Act of 1765 established by Prime Minister Grenville. The French and Indian war caused Britain’s national debt to nearly double and in order to make up for the lost revenue, they passed the Stamp Act. What the Stamp Act imposed was that any person, regardless of their profession, was required to buy stamps for their documents. In other words, a tax was put on every document printed i...
After the British signed the Quartering Act, anger filled the colonists: The British were taxing goods without the colonists’ input. “No taxation without representation,” became a common slogan for the colonists (Lukes 10). Stephen Johnson, an angry colonist, said, “Why not tax us for the light of the sun, the air we breathe and the ground we are buried in?” (Lukes 35).
...nt in the colonies. In addition, living overseas the American colonists became more and more divided from the British and their English backgrounds causing their want for independence from Britian to grow drastically. New ideas began to come forth within the colonies to defend their rights of independence from Britian, considering the colonies to become a nation on its own, they would need rebel against Britian’s rule and establish their own type of government to rule themselves. At this point, most of the colonists were in favor of revoluntionary ideas and independence. All of these incidents dealing with taxation, acts, and the “rights of a Englishmen” increased many colonists’ concerns, epsecially the patriots about the intentions of British Parliament and the Loyalists, which added more fuel to the growing actions that ultimately led to the American Revolution.
Most of Europe thought that the British with their immense amount of capital, soldiers and supplies would beat the American resistance in the American revolutionary war without much of an effort. However the Patriots realized, from their earliest difficulties, to capitalize on the enemy’s weaknesses. Guerrilla warfare and a strategy th...
Taxes have not only made Americans living under British control irritated but as well shocked because of how intolerable the laws were to live by. The most important reason why the tightening of British control led to a revolution with colonists was the raising of taxes and firming of laws. This caused lowering of respect from King George ||| as raging boycotts emerged. However, the king and Parliament were confused why boycotts kept raged throughout the colonies. They didn't understand that the colonists couldn't just give away their money when they found out the money didn't go to their representatives as they thought. However, the colonists didn't understand that their raging boycotts and massacres were costly, which made the king raise
.Thomas Jefferson said, “The God who gave us life, gave us liberty at the same time.” In the 18th century, the American colonists revolted against Britain for that God-given liberty. The relationship between Britain and it’s colonies was prosperous until the French and Indian War took place. The colonists fought on the British side. After the war was over, Britain gained debts and faced economic problems. To stabilize their country’s economy, the British parliament started to tax the colonists. The Stamp Act and the Townshend Acts were among the first taxes imposed on the colonists. The American colonists got very upset with the meaningless taxations and started rebelling the authority as Patriots. In response to the rebellion, King
During the mid to late 1700s, the colonists fought harder for their independence than ever before. Before the American Revolution started, many colonists were starting to get tired of the mother country (England) controlling every little thing they did. Any type of economic activities never benefited any of colonies, while England reaped most of the benefits through the mercantile system. Also England suffered many issued many financial problems in their own country. They felt that the colonists should also be held responsible for their debt. Citizens in the mother country paid a lot more in taxes compared to the colonists, to generate more revenue for England to help solve its financial problems (170,178). It passed many laws to impose taxes
The idea of taxation without proper representation had upset the colonists so much that war was inevitable by 1774. Although, there were still many people who were firmly against the thought of going to war with Great Britain, the majority of the colonists knew they were being mistreated and demanded freedom by any means nece...
Among the many complex factors that contributed to instigating the American Revolution, two stand out most clearly: England’s imposition of taxation on the colonies and the failure of the British to gain consent of those being governed, along with the military measures England took on the colonists. Adding to these aforementioned factors were the religious and political legacy of the colonies, and the restriction of civil liberties by the British. Parliamentary taxation was undoubtedly one of the greatest factors inspiring the American public to rebel in the years leading up to the American Revolution. One of the most striking examples of this kind of taxation was the Stamp Act of 1765. After many years of fighting, England badly needed revenues from their colonies, and they sought to acquire these revenues from the New World, thereby increasing their influence over the colonial governments. These theories of “New Imperialism” were what prompted Prime Minister Grenville to pass the Stamp Act. The Stamp Act of 1765 stated that persons of almost any profession were obliged to buy stamps for their documents. In other words, the act imposed a tax on every printed document in the colonies. For example, a printer had to buy stamps in order to legally be able to distribute his publications. While the act itself was not so detrimental to the economy, it was the ideals behind the act (a direct attempt on the part of the mother country to further itself and raise revenues in the colonies) which drove the revolutionaries’ cause.
The protests from the colonists worked somewhat, however the Quartering Act of 1765 required certain colonies to provide food and living quarters for British troops. The same year, 1765, George Grenville crosses the line again but this time even further, he creates a Stamp Act. This was also to have American colonists "support" the British military force. This Act was horrible, a stamp had to be placed on nearly fifty different items, from playing cards to one's own marriage certificate, as proof to certify the payment of tax. George Grenville's defense was that the colonies are only paying this for their defense, and that Britain has endured this same tax style far longer and more heavier. Grenville was definitely the man who sparked fire in American's eyes brought on the road to the Revolution. The angry American colonists wanted to stop the Stamp Act, and so they came up with "No taxation without representation." The Americans stated that no Americans were seated in the Parliament, so no taxes should be imposed upon Americans. Only colonial legislatures could legally tax the Americans was another point in the argument Grenville saw this and stated that Americans were represented in the Parliament, his rebuttal was "virtual representation" even if America never voted for a member of Parliament, all had to represent the British soldiers. This fighting continued and America was told to think about getting their own political independence, this eventually led to revolutionary consequences. The hated Stamp Act led to the Stamp Act Congress of 1765, which brought twenty-seven distinguished delegates from nine colonies to New York City.