Causes of the American Revolution

Grant Kehoe

Navigation Act

The Navigation act was a law passed in 1750 saying the colonies only trade with England. Also any trade that was to be made with another country had to be shipped to England first. The colonists believed the law was to harsh and began to resent England.
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The Proclamation of 1763

After the French and Indian war England acquired the land East of the Mississippi, essentially kicking the French out of North America. After the land was theirs the Proclamation of 1763 was passed saying the Colonists couldn't settle pst the Appalachian Mountains. The law was put in place to decrease further confrontation with natives and gave the natives right to land. The colonists became upset because they fought hard for the land and lost a lot of soldiers and now can't settle on it.
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The Stamp Act

After the French and Indian War England was in huge debt. To payoff the debt quicker the British Parliament forced the colonists to pay for all paper products by purchasing a stamp or seal. Nine Colonies met to discuss the Stamp Act this meeting was called the Stamp Act Congress and thought the act should be repealed. Benjamin Franklin talked to the parliament about repealing the act so the colonists could stop boycotting. King George III was running out of options and repealed the act.
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Quartering Act

Following the Stamp Act more troops were sent to the colonies, this caused the Quartering Act. The Quartering Act forced colonists to give solider a home, food, and clothes. Also he soldiers were granted the writs of assistance which was a blank search warrant. The colonists didn't like having to house a solider and especially if the soldier could search anything, anytime, anywhere.
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Boston Massacre

During a protest a colonists and soldier were arguing and tension began to build. Other colonists began to insult the troop and throw snowballs. After time the mob grew angrier and more troops began to show up. Eventually shots were fired and killed 5 protesters. Samuel Adams and the sons of liberty began to use this event as propaganda.
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Tea Act & Boston Tea Party

The Tea Act was attempt to create a monopoly for the British East India Company. Because the BEIC was the only tea company tea prices were actually lower but the colonists were still unhappy about having to import taxes. Because of how unhappy the colonist were the sons of liberty dressed up as natives and threw 432 crates of tea into the Boston Harbor this event was known as the Boston Tea Party.
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Intolerable Acts

The intolerable act was put in place after the Boston tea Party because England believed the colonists should have to pay for the Tea they dumped. Also it closed the port of Boston and outlawed town meetings. Britain also reinforced the quartering act and ended up taking control of the colonies again.
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Townshend Acts

Parliament passed a law forcing the colonists to play for normal products such as glass, tea, and paper in 1767. Women began to start making their own cloth to save their family money. In 1770 the laws were repealed except for the tax on tea. Britain kept the ax on tea just to let the colonists know they could still tax them.
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Summary of the American Revolution

The american revolution was the separation of the 13 colonies from England. The Colonies felt like they were not treated like they had rights. They were taxed with no say and were forced to follow unfair laws. The large debt from the French and Indian war caused the Parliament to tax a lot of common goods in thee colonies. I believe that the colonists has a good reason to split because they have natural born rights and England violated almost all of them.
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