Following the long and harrowing French and Indian War, Britain was deep in debt and George Grenville was appointed British Chancellor of the Exchequer. He was determined to pay off the debt by 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. They felt it was a direct violation of their civil liberties and resentment was beginning to spawn.
Unlike the acts of the year before, the Stamp Act fell on everyone because it issued a tax on every printed document in the colonies. Previously the purpose of a tax was to regulate trade, now it was a deliberate attempt by England to take money from the colonies without their consent. At first the colonists felt there wasn’t much they could do except constantly whine about how unfair it was. That is, until the Virginia House of Burgesses urged Americans to get involved. Patrick Henry, in particular, led in protesting against the Stamp Act.
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.
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.
The Revolutionary War is also known as the American Revolution and the U.S War of Independence. The war was between Britain and the 13 American colonies. When the British and colonists fought together in the seven years war against the French they were deeply in debt. Due to the debt the British began taxing the colonists to get out of debt. After being under British control the people of the 13 colonies of America became frustrated with the taxes Britain forced and thought it was unfair for them to have to pay tax on products they produced themselves such as tea and stamps.
The Patriots viewed the Acts as a violation of the rights of Massachusetts, and in September 1774 they organized the First Continental Congress to organize a protest. As tensions grew, the American Revolutionary War officially commenced in April 1775. The Boston Massacre was a critical point in American history and fueled the American Revolution. It caused the Royal Governor to evacuate the occupying British troops from Boston. The Boston Massacre united the colonies in their fight for independence which, along with continued propaganda, led to the Revolutionary War.
England began to slowly tighten its imperial grip to avoid a large reaction from the colonists. During the Seven Years War, the British sent over ten thousand troops to America to handle property problems in the colonies. This cost a big amount of money, and Britain did not want to see the funds come out of their pocket. To handle some of the cost, Britain began passing acts to tax the colonists and help with the big debt the empire was in. The Sugar Act of 1764 was an example of a tax that had many effects on the Colonial lifestyle.
The Bostonians were mad at the fact that Britain had imposed many new taxes to be in total control of the colonies. In 1774 British Parliament passed a series of laws called the Intolerable Acts to punish the colonies for the Boston Tea Party. The Intolerable Acts included the Boston Port Act, Massachusetts Government Act, Quartering Act, Administration of Justice Act, and the Quebec Act. The Boston Port Act closed the Boston Port, which restricted colonial trade. The Quartering Act was a military cause to the revolution; it said that soldiers were not allowed to take things from civilians during peacetime.
Colonists reacted to the Townshend acts by boycotting all British goods until they repealed the act. When the act was repealed only tea wa... ... middle of paper ... ...begun. In seventeen seventy- five, the revolution had begun with Lexington and Concord being the starting place serving as the first of many battles. Thomas Paine aided to the war with his pamphlet Common Sense firing up colonists to join the revolution in seventeen eighty-six. The colonists fought hard to earn their victorious freedom behind General George Washington against the red coated British.
The colonist did not really care about most of the British rules, and they again were able to overturn the rules once again. In France, the bourgeoisie and the peasants totally disliked the tax system. Both revolutions were started mainly because of taxation. Due to the Seven Year War and American Revolution, the government of the French was in a huge debt. The French rebels looked on to the American Revolution, and copied the idea of "taxation without representation".