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.
The American Revolution was the time the thirteen colonies fought for their independence from Britain. The revolution occurred from the aftermath of numerous events, including the Boston Massacre. The Boston Massacre was thought out as a propaganda event for colonialist, to aid for more support in the cause for the American Revolution. The tenacity for Britain to keep ahold their colonists loosened and like a rubber band, tensions within the two groups snapped. British soldiers were sent to Boston and fired upon the Boston mob, leaving five men dead after the end of the chaos.
Pre-Revolution George Washington was promoted to lieutenant colonel by Governer Dinwiddie in 1754 with orders to attack the French fort Fort Duquesne. Washington was inexperienced in battle and inevitably blew his assignment. While marching towards Fort Duquesne, Washington and his men came upon a French reconnaissance party. Washington attacked with victory and fled the area to prepare for the French retaliation. Washington ordered his men to construct a fort as a meager means of defense from attack.
At the end of the war in 1763, the British started taxing colonists to somewhat make up for the massive debt they accumulated. The British came up with the Sugar Act in 1764. Then created the Stamp Act in 1765, which taxed official documents. The British also enforced the Townshend acts; however, the American colonist would not stand for this “ no taxation without representation”. The colonist first wrote a petition to parliament, however Britain’s parliament wanted money and did not care for what the colonist had to say.
Early colonial America was full of rivalry and conflict. England was just at the finish of the French and Indian War, which took up nearly a decade 's worth of time and ended in 1763 with the Treaty of Paris. The British had exhausted an innumerable amount of money on the war, leaving them avoiding further conflicts as much as possible. Succeeding the victory of the French and Indian War, the lands previously belonging to the French were now under ownership by England. The Native Americans lost their French allies and were fearful that the new colonialists would invade into their territories.
It began poorly for the British. The British army was led by General Braddock. He tried to capture Fort Duquesne but the French succeeded in defeating the British force and General Braddock was killed. The British sent more resources to America and they slowly started to capture the French Forts. In 1759 -1760 the British won the Battle of The Plains of Abraham, captured Montreal and thus completed the capture of Canada which effectively ending ... ... middle of paper ... ...fire that was, by that time, unavoidable.
One area of contention was the Ohio River Valley. The French had multiple forts in the area, therefore they had the stronger claim. Lieutenant Colonel George Washington led an attack to attempt to destroy these forts but was outnumbered and defeated. At first, it appeared the French might win the war. In 1754 and 1755, they had managed to beat G... ... middle of paper ... ... by burning effigies, raiding the property of officials, and marching through the streets.
Leading up to the `D-Day' of the 18th century, battles were waged throughout the Ohio River Valley which saw the French militiamen the victor's... ... middle of paper ... ...e towards their North American colonies, abandoned them. Lacking a professional military, a suitable economy and the investment from the mother country, New France was lost. The habitant, who most of them only knew Europe to be a place from which their family came, could not understand why so much death was needed. They were never in control of their destiny or remotely in proximity of the factors which decided it. The fall of Québec was inevitable and so was the destruction of the habitant's way of life.
In 1811 Tecumseh decided to side with the British after William Henry Harrison and his men destroyed his home, Prophetstown, during the Battle of Tippecanoe. Tecumseh was led to believe that his people and their lands would be left alone after the war based on the promises given by the British; he never saw that freedom for he was killed later in 1813 during the Battle of Thames near Detroit. Britain was very forceful when it came to the trade of goods between America and France and they would not allow American vessels to travel directl... ... middle of paper ... ...e was able to convince free black men to fight alongside him. Jackson promised that they would receive the same benefits as the white men that were also fighting. After this battle had come to an end, they received news that the Treaty of Ghent had already been signed thus ending the war, so this battle was actually unnecessary.
On his way, Burgoyne defeated American forces at Fort Ticonderoga. More troops, led by Lieutenant Colonel St. Leger and General Howe were to join him to attack the American troops. Unfortunately for Burgoyne, St. Leger's troops were forced to retreat back to into Canada by Benedict Arnold and his American militia. General Howe's forces were fighting with Washington at the Battle of Brandywine and then the Battle of Germantown, which kept him from joining Burgoyne. General Burgoyne's forces attacked General Gates’ American forces at the Battle of Oriskany and at the Battle of Bennington but were driven back both times.