Causes of the American Revolution

The Proclamation of 1763

How the Proclamation of 1763 effects the colonists

The Proclamation of 1763 closed off the west frontier, for colonists could no longer settle there. This made many colonists angry and some even ignored it. There is no reason to be mad because Great Britain is just trying to protect us from the indians. Settling in the west caused controversy between us and them, and in order to stop that colonists needed to not settle in the west. If we continue to settle in the west it will anger the indians, for they are very territorial. We are warning you that if you do not follow Great Britain's orders the indians will rage and kill the people who threaten to take their land.


"It is just and reasonable and essential to our interest and the security of our colonies that the several nations or tribes of indians with whom we are connected, and who live under our protection should not be…(attacked) or disturbed."

-Proclamation of 1763, from The Annals Of America


Article by Campbell Clark




How the recent acts passed effect us today

The Stamp Act

"No way! I am not giving my money to some insignificant charity fund! - a colonist. People assume that since we have to pay taxes just for England's want. The new tax was imposed on all american colonists and required them to pay a tax on every piece of printed paper they used. Ships papers, legal documents, licenses, newspapers, other publications, and even playing cards were being taxed. The money collected by the Stamp act was used to help pay the cost of defending and protecting the american frontier near the Appellation Mountains.


Economic Policies

All colonists know how annoying it can be to pay taxes, but in the long run, they're worth it. The taxes placed on the colonists help pay for the money lost on the French and Indian War, which protected colonists. Without paying those taxes, we could've possibly lost the protection Great Britain gave us. Great Britain was nearly bankrupt, and so to get out of that burden, they had to put taxes on us. If those taxes weren't created, Great Britain wouldn't have been able to fund they're troops that were placed in the colonies to protect us. To satisfy the rebelling colonists a bit more, Great Britain modified and/or repealed many of the laws. This proves that Great Britain was trying to work with the colonists needs. In return, what did Great Britain get? Boycotting. Colonists boycotted British goods and trade. But what good did that do to patriots? They're just not buying and trading things to show Great Britain that they're mad. But at the same time, they aren't getting any of the supplies that they need. So what good did that do to any of the Patriots? Nothing. Loyalists still believe that there is no point in rebelling against Great Britain because its useless. Fighting against a country with a larger amount of power than the thirteen colonies won't help with anything.


Lack of Representation in Parliament

Colonists were taxed on many things like, transporting goods. Loyalists believe that the taxes Great Britain established are very fair. Even us Loyalists don't have representation in Parliament, but we don't protest. Not being having someone to represent you is not too bad. All colonists should know and trust that Parliament is very wise and makes positive decisions for us. Great Britain taxes us, and many Patriots rebel against this. If we did have representation in Parliament, then it would practically defeat the whole purpose of having a Monarchy. Also, Patriots would, of course, disagree with any decisions or discussions made by Parliament.


Mercantilism

Mercantilism is the theory and system of political economy prevailing in Europe after the decline of feudalism, based on national polotics of accumulating bullion, establishing colonists and mining to attain a favorable balanced of trade. This ensured a proper mercantilist trade balance. As a loyalist i think this is a great thing. Only England or english colonial ships could carry cargo between imperial ports. Certain goods, tobacco, rice, furs, could not be shipped to foreign nations except through England or Scotland. Americans could not compete with England manufactures in large scale manufacturings


The "Intolerable Acts"

Because of the most heinous crime nick named "The Boston Tea Party" our prime minister, Lord North, decided that the rebellious colonists responsible for this crime should be punished. So, parliament passed The Quartering act, The Boston Port act, The Quebec Act, Administering Justice act, and the Massachusetts government act. The Quartering act makes us colonists have to house the British soldiers when ever it was necessary. The Boston Port act Closes the Boston port to trade until the cost of the tea spilled in the "Boston Tea Party" is paid. The Massachusetts Government act makes the British have more control over the Boston bay area. Administering Justice act gives the Boston governor the ability to move the trials of royal officials to other colonies or Great Britain. All of these acts enraged most of us colonists who gave them the nickname "The Intolerable Acts", but we all know that what Great Britain did was to punish the colonists that rebelled against them in an immature act of dumping tea in a harbor, and if they don't punish something that is wrong we will just keep doing it over and over.