The French and Indian War

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Many incidents and factors fed the colonists’ hunger for independence from Great Britain. This hunger for independence, eventually lead to the American Revolution.
The French and Indian War was a war that created a lot of debt for Britain. It lasted from 1754-1763. It was a war in which they won, but the effects on the nation were great. The amount of debt surpassed its’ victory. Needing to cover its debt, Britain began raising the taxes and demanding more money from the thirteen colonies to help them cover their large amount of debt. This angered and frustrated the colonists.
There were many Acts that were implemented overtime that caused up rises by the colonists. The Sugar Act raised taxes on imported sugar. The Currency Act banned Americans from issuing paper bills and money, because Great Britain felt it was devaluing money which was harmful for Great Britain’s trade. The Quartering Act required that all colonists feed and house British soldiers when necessary. The Stamp Act, the Act that caused a great deal of rebuttal, was a direct and apparent tax on all paper goods such as cards, newspapers etc. This tax was different from all of the other taxes, because, up until then, all taxes had been hidden and indirect. Now that the colonists were aware of the new taxation, they were extremely upset, and formed the Stamp Act Congress as well as the Sons and Daughters of Liberty, in opposition to Britain’s new laws.
The Boston Massacre occurred in 1770. It was a street fight that occurred between the colonists and the British soldiers. The fight resulted in the death of a few colonists. This, of course, caused even greater tension between the colonists and Great Britain.
Tension continued to grow stronger through the years. In ...

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...ged how the colonies ran, and it gave hope in that the United States would be a place of opportunity for everyone, everyone except women (but that soon would change as well).
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness; that, to secure these rights, governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed; that whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles, and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness.”
[United States Declaration of Independence]
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