Causes of the American Revolution

1763-1776

Causes of the American Revolution

The American Revolution was a series of events that caused an uproar among colonists, initiated by the British making unjust laws. Social causes of the American Revolution were the anger in the colonists on the laws and taxation that the British were imposing onto them, the inflation of the events as told between colonists, and the creation of rebel groups against the British. Also, the harsh taxes on goods and imports let to the anger of the colonists, along with unfair acts, and unjust laws. In my opinion, I think that the colonists were justified in declaring independence from England because they were initiating rules that the colonists did not agree with.

Navigation Acts

The purpose of the Navagation Acts were to place the idea of mercantilism into actual practice. When trading goods, the colonists were only to trade with English and Colonial ships and any trade with outside nations had to go through England first. The Sugar Act was a tax on the importation of sugar from the French West Indies, which was bad for the American rum distillers who were forced to buy more expensive sugar from the British West Indies. The most significant impact of the Navigation Acts were the stifling of colonial manufacturing and the increasing resentment against the mother country.

The Proclamation of 1763

The Proclamation of 1763 was created after Pontiac's Rebellion war. King George III issued the proclamation to avoid more conflict and tension with the Native Americans by restricting the colonists not to settle on their land. The colonists were infuriated because they wanted to settle west of the Appalation Mountains and did not want British soldiers to live among them. The acts presented by King George III is not sitting well with the colonists, and they are beginning to get angered.
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The Stamp Act

The Stamp Act taxed anything printed on paper by requiring colonists to buy a stamp or seal for all paper products. The Stamp Act was created to protect the colonies and continue to help pay the debt of the French and Indian War through taxation. The Committies of Correspondence along with Samuel Adams persistently protested the Stamp Act by boycott, where people would refuse to buy certain goods. The Sons of Liberty were created by Samuel Adams to protest British policies and occasionally use violence to get their message of discontent across.
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Quartering Act

In response to the Stamp Act Protests, the British set even more troops to keep order in the colonies. The Quartering Act required colonists to quarter, or house and feed British soldiers. The two major issues that colonist had with the Quartering Act were that the colonists did not like having a standing army of soldiers warrants, and having to deal with the costliness of housing and supplying the soldiers. The wits of assistance were soldiers with blank search warrants.
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The Townshend Acts

The items that were taxed with the Townshend Acts were tea, glass, and paper. In response to the taxes, the Daughters of Liberty made their own clothes instead of buying British clothes. After the British repealed the Townshend Act in 1770, they continued to tax tea. After the British continued to hold the tax on tea, the Sons of Liberty attacked the homes of British officials and tax collectors to express their anger.
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Boston Massacre

The Boston Massacre is an event that will be remembered in American history for ages, all starting with a group of colonists approaching a team of British soldiers. The colonists were shouting and throwing snowballs at them. As more soldiers and more colonists came, a riot broke out and shots were fired. The end result was the death of five colonists. Samuel Adams used the propaganda from the Boston Massacre to sway peoples opinions toward revolt against the British. After the Boston Massacre.
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Tea Act & Boston Tea Party

The Tea Act was an act that only allowed the British East India Company to sell tea to the colonists. Even though the Tea Act made the price of tea lower, the colonists were still unhappy that they had to pay an import tax to the British. In response to the Tea Act, the Sons of Liberty dressed upyas Indians and took to the Boston Harbor. Thet dumped 342 creates of tea into the harbor to show how infuriatede they were by the act.
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Coercive Act (Intolerable Acts)

The Coercive Act, as known by colonists, was the stopping of trade between Boston and Britian, not allowing town meetings, giving British control of the colony, and the strengthening of the Quartering Act. As a result of the Intolerable Acts, the four laws enforced were no trade between Boston and Britian, no town meetings, the strengthening of the Quartering Act, and British now controlling the colony. In response to the Intolerable Acts, the other colonies stirred up revolution spirits and supported Boston. These spirits of revolution would soon lead to revolt against Britian and anarchy resulting in the American Revolution.
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