The Sugar Act of 1764 was an example of a tax that had many effects on the Colonial lifestyle. The act stated that any foreign export of lumber or skin had to first land in Britain. It also raised the price of sugar from the Indies. The British took advantage of the colonists, when the Quartering Act in 1765 passed Americans were forced to house and feed British soldiers any time they demanded. This limited the colonists’ freedom and only spread more anger throughout the colonies.
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.
This was the situation of the Colonies at the time. Were the Colonies, therefore, justified in emancipating from the British Crown? The American Declaration of Independence gives some strong reasons why this emancipation was justified. Before giving these reasons, the Declaration states when a Government should be removed, proceeding from principles of human nature. These principles are that all men were created equal and “are e... ... middle of paper ... ...life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness to its subjects.” Finally, the Crown had repeatedly abused the rights of the American Citizens by refusing to assent to laws; for neglecting to pass laws concerning immediate and important issues and it has imposed heavy taxes amongst its subjects, without the consent of the governed.
The true nature of the conflict between the British and the Colonists was that the British had loosely governed the colonies in the beginning. Because of problems at home in England they did not strictly govern the colonies. The colonies formed their own governments around the loose laws of the British. When the British needed money they decided to bring in extra revenue by taxing the colonists. The colonists did not accept their taxation without representation, which caused the Colonists to seek independence from the crown.
Prior to the Seven Years’ War, the English rarely intervened with colonial business. It was during this time that the colonies began gradually to think and act independently of England. This scared England, and initiated a period in which they became more involved in the colony's growth. The passage of these laws undermined the Colonist's loyalty to England and stirred the Americans to fight for their freedom. What began as a fight over economic policies soon deteriorated into the difference in Americans and Britons political views, which help lead to the violence of the American Revolution (The American Pageant, pg 122).
In the end Common Sense united the people and the colonies to choose to be self-independent from Britain. To me the greatest factor that brought against the separation of Great Britain was the Stamp Act. It made the people realize that the king was deceiving them into paying taxes and noticing that the punishments put on them where too harsh. But in end they united to defeat the over rule of the King. Works Cited Norton, M. B.
The Goals of the Declaration of Independence The American Revolution was not only a battle between the British and the colonists; it was a historical movement that brought about new ways of thinking. The ideas of liberty and equality began to be seen as essential to the growth of the new nation. The separation of the American colonies from the British Empire occurred for a number of reasons. These reasons are illustrated in the Declaration of Independence. Although Thomas Jefferson wrote the document, it expressed the desire of the heart of each colonist to be free of British rule.
Early in the Development of Massachusetts and the other New England colonies, the government of England had paid little attention to the colonies due to civil strife back at home. This neglect gave the colonies a somewhat independent feel. When Charles II came back to power in England, he decided to take a more active role in the English colonies of North America and stop the defiance of royal rule that was taking place. His first action was to give a charter to both Rhode Island and Connecticut, squatter settlements, which was a slap in the face to the colony of Massachusetts, which was, according to Charles II, ignoring royal rule. In 1684, as a show of power, Charles II revoked the charter of Massachusetts.
First, the traditional liberties of Britain were considerably different from the political and social origins of America. From the beginning, America developed different character than its Mother Country of Great Britain. In New England, where the seeds of revolution were sown, merchants used their shipping trade to defy English duties on sugar. As a result of this, additional troops were sent to the colonies to enforce British laws. Later, when the Quartering Act was passed, Americans complained against not only the taxation, but also an infringement on their rights of property.
They were to be subjected to uncompromising British martial law. Not only was British martial law for colonist soldiers a key attribution to please the British, they as well expected colonists to pay taxes no matter how much they began to increase because of higher tax rates to support the British military. The four pieces of legislation that Parliament passed that forced the colonists to support the army were the Molasses Act of 1733, it “established a duty of six cents per gallong” (174). The Sugar Act of 1764, that dropped the duty down t... ... middle of paper ... ...coln, Abraham). It was the start of a revolution for the Americans.