Evaluate the relative importance of three of the following as factors prompting Americans to rebel in 1776. Parliamentary Taxation Restrictions of Civil Liberty British military measures The legacy of colonial religious and political ideas The mistake that King George and the rest of Britain made was thinking that they could forever keep the colonies under their thumb. These were not the same colonists who came over as British citizens to set up forts. These men and women thought of themselves and American citizens and they did not need a government across the ocean telling them what to do. Ultimately, Britain lost control when they gave in to the colonists' boycotts and showed them that they had the power to run a country, and that Britain feared that power.
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.
The British government had good reason to tax the colonies, because they just went to war to defend them. That they understood, but they didn't appreciate the fact that they didn't have a say into how the debt would be paid. The British passed the Townshend Acts to offset the war debt. This caused the colonist to reinstate the boycott on luxury items. England then passes the Tea Act taxing imported tea, but also gives the British East Indian Tea co. a complete monopoly, cutting the middleman out of the deal, thus putting American merchants nearly out of business.
American colonists were angered by the taxes the King had imposed upon them. They believed they should not have to pay the king taxes of which they had no say over. However, the reason behind the taxes was to repay the debt caused by the French and Indian War, which had fought for the colonists’ protection; therefore, the king believed the colonists should help repay the debt which had been gained for their benefit. Colonists; however, did not agree and rebelled against the imposed taxes and acts the king began to impose on them, voicing their famous line in retaliation: “No taxation without representation.” The stamp act of seventeen sixty- four was the first round of taxes to be enforced upon the colonists. The stamp act placed a tax on all paper products in the colonies.
Britain had no respect or liberty, not even an ear to give the colonists and this is what made the colonists turn their backs on the British. The French and Indian War was a significant part in history that was responsible for the American Revolution. This war changes the ties of the colonists to Britain politically, economically and ideologically. Britain pushed their power too far with the colonists and they soon gained enough control to gain their freedom and fight back against their “Mother of Monarchy”.
The irregular and disorganized British rule of the American colonies in the previous years led to the outbreak of the Revolutionary War. Most Americans did not originally want to separate from mother England. They wanted to stay loyal to the crown. England’s unwillingness to compromise, mismanagement of the colonies, heavy taxation of the colonists that violated their rights, the distractions of foreign affairs and politics in England and the strict trading policies that England tried to enforce together made the revolution inevitable. The British were definitely expected to win the dispute because they significantly over powered the Colonists in most areas.
Evaluate the relative importance of two of the following as factors prompting Americans to rebel in 1776. Parliamentary Taxation The legacy of colonial religious and political ideas British military measures Restrictions of Civil Liberty Some say that the Revolution was destined to happen ever since Settlers set foot on this continent, others argue that it would not have happened if it weren't for a set of issues that finally drove the colonists to revolt. Ultimately, Britain lost control in 1765 when they gave in to the Stamp Act Congress’s boycotts against parliamentary taxation and gave them the idea that they had the power to run a country. To a lesser degree, Salutary Neglect led to the conception of a legacy of colonial religious and political ideals which set in motion an eminent conflict. During this period, England “forgot” about the colonies and gave them colonists a taste of independence and suspicions of individual political theories.
Your neighbors, along with yourself are enraged by what you hear. Following this incident there is much propaganda in pamphlets passed out concerning colonial religion and political ideas. These things and others happened to the colonists and impart enthralled and provoked them to rebel and in effect brought about the American Revolution. From the information I have gathered in class and from my own personal reading, I have concurred that Parliament taxation was the parent irritation to the other annoyances. The Seven Years' War Showed the British officials that the Americans had no regard for the Navigation Acts and imperial authority.
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.
Therefore, their resistance was a direct result of Britain’s errors. The colonists set up a Non-importation agreement in order to protest the excessive taxes the British placed on them. The colonists established intercolonial unity by enacting the Stamp Act Congress, but it was only to try and repeal the Stamp Act. While they also put a Continental Congress into session, it was because they wanted to redress their grievances to the crown. The Sons and Daughters of Liberty kept the sprit of revolution alive by having spinning-bees and holding meetings because Britain continued to treat the colonists like children.