Causes Of American Revolution
What is the American Revolution?
The American Revolution was a war against the British and the Colonist that lasted between 1763-1776. Some of the social causes before the war were Navigation Acts, The Proclamation Line Of 1763, The Stamp Act, and Quartering Act. Some of the economic polices that led to the war were, colonists couldn't trade with anyone but England, and they could only trade if they had a British ship. I think that the colonist were justified because they were being treated unfair.
The Navigation Acts
The purpose of this was to make the colonists practice there mercantilism. The two rules that they had to follow were they could only trade with England and they could only trade certain items. The Sugar act was the most significant cause during this Act. The colonists did not like this because they used sugar in their daily lives and did not want to pay taxes for it.
The Proclamation line of 1763
The Proclamation Line was created after the French and Indian war. King George III issued the proclamation to give indians the right to land west of the Appalachian Mountains. The King did this to stop the colonists from going over the Appalachian Mountains to go meet the indians and start another war. The colonists did not like this because they thought it was un-fair and that the British had not right to do this.
The Stamp Act
The Stamp Act was created by the British because they wanted to collect money from the colonists to pay off the war debt. The Stamp Act taxed almost every thing that the colonists were buying at the time and that's what started the boycott. Then there was two big groups called the Sons of Liberty, and the Committees of Correspondence. They were led by the Adams cousins and protested by attacking peoples homes and using violence. There was also a discussion about the Stamp Act in Congress and they decided to repeal the act.
The Quartering Act was a law that allowed a British solider into a colonists home and the colonists had to take care of them. The two major issues that the colonists had with this is, they had to take care of this person such as bathing him, feeding him, and taking care of his needs. The second one was that total strangers were coming into their homes and taking it over.
The Townshend Act was the British were taxing everything again and some of the items they taxed were paper, glass, tea, wood, food, etc. There was a group called the Daughters of Liberty and what they did to protest was make their own clothes instead of buying the British clothes. But, the Act was soon repealed in 1770. The British continued to tax all of the tea. Also the Sons of Liberty were still attacking peoples home and killing.
The Boston Massacre happened on March 5, 1770 and it was started by a group of colonists arguing to a British soldier. Several colonists were killed and Samuel Adams did not like this so he responded to this by starting a propaganda. Also what the Adams cousins did after this was demonstrate a right of trial.
Tea Act and Boston Tea Party
The Boston Tea Party was where the Adams cousins dressed up as indians and threw over 300 crates of tea into the Boston Harbor. The colonists were unhappy with the Tea Act even though it made the tea cheaper but they were influenced by the rich.
The Coercive Act
The colonists called the Coercive Act the Intolerable Act. The four main laws that were enforced as a result of the Intolerable Acts were they couldn't have meetings, Britain controls them, they can only trade with England, and they made the Quartering Act stronger.