There were many causes that led to the American Revolution, some include economic situations, discontent with autocratic rule, and political changes in the British colonies. A major factor in the start of the revolution was the French and Indian War (1754 - 1763) changed the bond between the colonies and Britain, because of the colonists' identities. Thomas Paine (an American colonist born in Britain) published a Political Pamphlet in 1776, which supported the colonist into open rebellion. The excerpt, "Common Sense," Paine emphasized the case for the revolution in straightforward language, where it became clear and direct to understand the meaning of the excerpt. The excerpt itself influenced colonists to take actions for their tolerance from the British and gave them the strength they needed to become unified.
The deep origins of the American Revolution come from the early 1600’s to the late 1700’s when the British went back and forth between applying strict regulations and loosely enforcing laws upon the colonists. Once the colonists felt freedom like they did starting in 1606 and 1713, it was very difficult for them to let go of it. Also, many policies such as the Navigation Acts and the Molasses Act of 1733 that Britain forced upon the colonists caused tensions that eventually led to the American rebellion. Similarly, there were even underlying ideas based on the increase of education in the colonies, their newfound system of government, and their gradual transition away from the ideas of the English “high church” that formed in the colonies.
In addition, due to disagreements in political issues, a party system formed in Congress, consisting of Democratic-Republicans and Federalists. Being Independent from England, then gave the Americans a lot more freedom to do what they so desired, and also gave the Americans the responsibility to decide on the new laws that would govern them. This sparked the creation of the Constitution. Also, in The Pennsylvania Packet from 1779(Document B), John Dunlap, the publisher, gets fired up about the Loyalists, or Tories. This demonstrates the hatred that the Americans have toward England and that they mus... ... middle of paper ... ... national bank, but in his third, he caught a lot of criticism for.
These acts were placed on them without notice. There were many acts, some placed on as punishments, others just because Britain was in war debt. These acts did not stop the rebelling Patriots as they were made to do, but drove them on to act against the Ki... ... middle of paper ... ...oston Tea Party was an early event of resistance that helped the cause of independence for the colonies. In conclusion, there are many factors that led to America's independence as a whole. The King angered the colonists with his sudden rule and he had taken away their government.
In the event of America’s victory in the American Revolution lead to the birth of a new nation. However, before the American Revolution the original colonies of America were already becoming impatient with British rule. This was mostly a result of a foreign country trying to rule people an ocean apart, and by rule this meant collecting taxes Americans found unfair. This rebellion against British rule became more prevalent from the passing of the Stamp Act of 1765 created mostly by George Greenville. The passing of this tax was Britain’s way of reinforcing their authority in the colonies and lessening their financial burden.
While the people living in Great Britain were subjects of the king, the colonists were not treated as such, and were given many unfair taxes, all without government representation in England. The Magna Carta wrote that this was not allowed, and the colonists demanded to be treated fairly. They were treated worse and worse, and at last, it was too much, so Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence. John Locke’s ideas, which were that everyone had natural rights of life, liberty, and property, were put in the Declaration. Also, Charles Louis ... ... middle of paper ... ...mely violent before the radicals assumed the leadership positions, and afterwards, it got even more bloody.
The colonists of America slowly came to realize that they must break from Britain due to the growing feeling of being considered unequal to the British. They realized they had no say in government, and under the rule of Britain, they would never be able to prosper. The conditions of their rights slowly disintegrated, as the construction of parliament becomes more and more powerful and intolerable. The language used to protest british, throughout the time, leading up to the revolutionary war, were legal, and political, but the primary cause would have been economics. In the beginning, the colonist were proud to be part of the British empire.
There were also a number of minor causes that intensified the situation, but alone would unlikely the driven the situation. Firstly, I think colonists thought that their freedoms that they originally had when they have moved to the colonies were taken way with new laws and taxes made by the British Parliament. These new laws included Proclamation of 1763 (which banned settlement West of Appalachian Mountains), Sugar Act of 1764 (a tax placed on imported sugar and molasses), Quartering Act of 1765 (which required Colonists to house British soldiers) and the Stamp Act (which was a tax on all official & legal documents). However, I think the most notable change was the Declaratory Act (to enforce the Proclamation of 1763). The Declaratory came in the wake of the Stamp Act being repealed and was an even harsher Act of Parliament that made a bad situation much worse and increased tensions.
However, this act was avoidable and rarely paid. Following the long and harrowing French and Indian War, Britain was deep in debt and George Grenville was appointed British Chancellor. He was determined to pay off the debt by brutally taxing the colonies. He not only reinforced the ignored Navigation Acts, but he placed the new Sugar Act which was similar to the Molasses Act which put a tax on rum and molasses imported from West Indies, but this Act would be enforced. Needless to say, the colonists were not used to this intrusion of Parliament and felt that it was wrong because there were no members in Parliament to represent the colonies.
However, the colonies were still outraged and could not stand being taxed for things that had previously been free of charge, so they organized a sanction of British goods, only to fail after a short period of time. Had the French and Indian War not taken place, the British and French would have had much mo... ... middle of paper ... ...quity and hardships unimaginable, the colonists knew that their goals were within reach, and through their hard work, they were able to win autonomy. In due course, the Declaration of Independence justified the colonies’ ultimate separation from the British, which culminated in a war between the colonies and Britain. We refer to this war today as the American Revolution, or the colonists’ paramount attempt at becoming independent from British supremacy. Ultimately, we are still lucky that we can retain a fair relationship with Britain and France to this day, because although these wars occurred hundreds of years ago, that does not mean that their effects will simply dissipate.