Causes of the American Revoloution
by Dylan Curci
Summary of Navigation Acts
One of the first causes of the American Revolution were the Navigation Acts which began in 1651. These laws were created by England to limit the colonies' rights to trade with other countries. Britain wanted to keep all the benefits of trade within the British Empire and made it where the colonies could only sell to Britain and could only use English ships. The Navigation Acts were in affect for about 200 years and were obeyed by the colonist for the most part.
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Another cause was the Royal Proclamation of 1763. This was a British Law proclaimed by King George III after the French and Indian War. This proclamation made it illegal for the colonist to settle west of a line drawn along the Appalachian Mountains which is basically the land that that had just been acquired from the French and Indian War. This proclamation was put into effect to avoid war with the Natives by making it where the colonist could not buy land from or make agreements with them, only licensed traders could travel west and make deal with Indians, and limiting white settlers ability to attack the Natives.
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The Stamp Act was a new tax imposed on the colonist by Britain in 1765 which made it where all words on printed paper, such as newspapers and legal documents, had to be taxed. The colonist were bothered by this tax because they viewed it as a way to raise money without their approval, not like taxes in the past which had more to do with regulating commerce. The colonist felt that that the only taxes they should have were ones they had decided on for themselves by their own representatives.