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First Issue; By Sarah; Perspective: Citizens

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Views of a Patriot and Loyalist

Stamp Act; Patriot

The Stamp Act was hard for our family, and passed by the British Parliament on March 22, 1765. The new tax was imposed on all American colonists and required them to pay a tax on every piece of printed paper they used. Ship's papers, legal documents, licenses, newspapers, other publications, and even playing cards were taxed. The money collected by the Stamp Act was to be used to help pay the costs of defending and protecting the American frontier near the Appalachian Mountains. Few colonists believed that they could do anything more than grumble and buy the stamps until the Virginia House of Burgesses adopted Patrick Henry's Stamp Act Resolves. These resolves declared that Americans possessed the same rights as the English, especially the right to be taxed only by their own representatives; that Virginians should pay no taxes except those voted by the Virginia House of Burgesses; and that anyone supporting the right of Parliament to tax Virginians should be considered an enemy of the colony. The House of Burgesses defeated the most extreme of Henry's resolutions, but four of the resolutions were adopted. Virginia Governor Fauquier did not approve of the resolutions, and he dissolved the House of Burgesses in response to their passage. Then we were a different, but better colonie.

Boston Tea Party; Loyalist

The Boston Tea Party was a hard time for us, and a pre-revolutionary incident that occurred on December 16, 1773. The Boston Tea Party was a direct protest by colonists in Boston against the Tea Tax that had been imposed by the British government. Boston patriots, dressed as Mohawk Indians, raided three British ships in Boston harbor and dumped 342 containers of tea into the harbor. The Boston Tea Party arose from the resentment of Boston colonists towards the British which had been fuelled by protest activities by patriots in the Sons of Liberty organization.The Boston Tea Party that occurred on December 16, 1773. The Boston Tea Party was a direct protest by colonists in Boston against the Tea Tax that had been imposed by the British government. Boston patriots, dressed as Mohawk Indians, raided three British ships in Boston harbor and dumped 342 containers of tea into the harbor. The Boston Tea Party arose from the resentment of Boston colonists towards the British which had been fuelled by protest activities by patriots in the Sons of Liberty organization. Therefor we we better to the people, and better colonised.

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Important Extras

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Declaration of Independence importance

After Columbus "discovered" the Americas, people started making their way to this New World, including many citizens of England (like the Jamestown Settlement in 1607 and the Mayflower's arrival in 1620). The colonization of the New World progressed fairly rapidly over the next 150 years considering the only form of crossing the Atlantic Ocean was by slow-moving boat. But as these colonies formed, they were still governed by the British. It was the Colonists' unhappiness with the British government that led to the The Declaration of Independence.


The Colonies considered the ruling of the British — specifically King George III — to be tyrannical and unfair. The Declaration of Independence addressed the Colonists issues with comments like "He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures" (which likely lead to the 3rd Amendment in the U.S. Constitution). The signers of the Declaration also bluntly pointed out, "He has plundered our seas, ravaged our Coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people."


The Declaration of Independence was no love letter to the King of England, it was a statement informing the king that he was being "fired" Donald Trump-style. This was the official statement by the Colonies to the British government that they would no longer recognize British rule, and was a statement to fellow Colonists that it was time for the Colonies to be governed by Colonists.

Taxation

Taxation was when England wanted to tax almost everything. This was so they could protect the colonists. To them this was unfair. They would do anything to NOT pay taxes. Back then $10 was a LOT of money. They did not like this one bit. They tried and tried to stop it. It finally stoped at 1765. But we still do have taxes today.