Causes of the American Revolution
Britain placed the Navigation Acts on the colonies. They were a certain set of rules that restricted colonial trade. This started in 1650. They did this because they wanted to start mercantilism.
The Proclamation of 1763
After the French and Indian war, Britian (king George) placed the proclamation line of 1763. This was a barrier on the Appalachian mountains that the colonies could not pass. England did not want the colonies to have anymore costly wars with the Indians.
The Stamp Act
The parliament passed the stamp act in 1765. This taxed all things on paper. They did this to raise money for the debt of the French and Indian war.
The Quartering Act
Britain reacted to the stamp act protests in 1765, by sending more troops to the colonies. The colonist had to feed, house, and take care of British soldiers. Also the Writs of Assistence have soldiers blank search warrants to search any colonists house.
The parliament in 1767, passed the Townshend acts. This taxed goods like imported tea, glass, paper, and other items. The Townshend act taxed the colonist because of rising military cost which is an effect of the quartering act.
On March 5, 1770, a group of British soldiers decided they have had enough of a rioting group of colonist and open fired. This happened in Boston. The reason was that the rioting colonists were throwing things at the British soldiers and insulting them. When everything was over, there were 5 people dead.
The Tea Act and the Boston Tea Party
The Tea Act was passed by the Parliament in 1773. The Tea Act made the BEIC the only company to sell tea to the colonies. Even though the price was lower, the colonist were still angered by the fact that they still had to pay taxes to Britain. on December 16, 1773 the Boston Tea party irrupted. An organization called the Sons of Liberty dressed up like Indians and boarded the ships and dumped 342 crates of tea in the Boston Harbor.
Coercive Act (Intolerable Acts)
The Coercive Acts were the parliament's reaction to the Boston Tea Party in 1774. The Coercive Act's rules were; no trade between Boston and Britain, no town meetings, Britain had full control, and strengthened the Quartering Act. Due to the no trading part, other colonies brought goods to Boston.
American Revolution Summary
The American Revolution is a series of past events that led up to the Colonies revolting against Britain. Some of the social cause of the American revolution were; Mercantilism, unreasonable laws passed by British, and the French and Indian War. Some of the British economic policies that led to the American Revolution were the Stamp Act, Townshend Act, Tea act, and the Coercive Act. I think the Colonies were justified in declaring independence from England because England had no right to put harsh taxing rules and laws on the colonies.