Causes of the American Revolution

Alyssa Rendon / 1763-1776

The American Revolution

The American Revolution is a war that took place in 1763 in the 13 colonies. The American Revolution occurred because colonists in the 13 colonies got upset because of how unfairly the British treated them. Some social causes of the American Revolution are the Navigation Act, Stamp Act and the Tea Act. Some of the British Economic politics that led to the American Revolution were the Proclamation of 1763, Quartering Act, Tea Act and the Coercive Act.
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Navigation Acts

The Navigation Acts restricted trade in the 13 colonies to benefit England by ensuring their wealth. The Navigation Acts was in Britain and the purpose of the Navigation Acts was to restrict trade and help England maintain their wealth. The most significant impact of the Navigation Act was the stifling of colonial manufacturing and increasing resentment against mother country.

The Proclamation of 1763

The Proclamation of 1763 was a British law prohibiting colonial settlement West of the Appalachian to avoid costly wars. The Proclamation of 1763 was written by King George III in 1763 after the French and Indian war. The Proclamation of 1763 was written to benefit the British by helping them save money. The Proclamation upset the colonists because they wanted to settle there.

Stamp Act

The Stamp Act taxed all paper goods. The Stamp Act was passed in 1765 by the parliament in the 13 colonies. The purpose of the Stamp Act was to raise funds and protect the colonies and keep them out of debt. Samuel Adams and the committees of correspondence protested against the Stamp Act by boycotting or not buying any of the British's goods.

Quartering Act

The Quartering Act was a law that required the colonists to clothe, feed and provide shelter for the British. The Quartering Act was passed. In 1765 by the British Parliament, in Britain. The purpose of the Quartering Act was to benefit the British by them saving money. The colonists did not like this because they basically lost their rights because the British could have a search warrant for anything they pleased and the colonists had to share their home and food with strangers.

Townshend Act

The Townshend was taxes put on household items. The Townshend was passed in 1767 by the Parliament in Britain. The purpose of the Townshend was to get the colonist to have to pay taxes for things such as tea, glass and paper. This group called Daughters of Liberty made their own cloth instead of having to buy them from the British. Even after the Townshend Acts were repealed the British continued to tax tea because they wanted people to see they still had the power to tax. The Sons of Liberty led by Samuel Adams reacted to the Townshend Act violently by attacking British officials houses.

Boston Massacre

The Boston Massacre was an event that occurred because a colonist and British soldier got into an argument. The Boston Massacre happened on March 5, 1770 in Boston. The Boston Massacre took place when a colonist and British soldier were arguing, then everyone started crowding around and shouting, ultimately 5 people got shot. Samuel Adams responded to the Boston Massacre by using it as propaganda and shared this information with the news and ideas with people in other colonies.

Tea Act & Boston Tea Party

The Tea Act stated that only British East India company could sell tea and that colonists had to pay taxes to the British. The Tea Act was passed in 1773 by Parliament, because it would benefit the British financially. The colonists were unhappy about the Tea Act because they had to pay taxes to Britain. The Son of Liberty responded to the Tea Act by throwing 342 crates of tea overboard while being dressed up as Indians.

Coercive Act ( Intolerable Act )

The Coercive Act was a series of laws intending to punish Boston. The Coercive Act was passed in 1774 by Parliament in the 13 colonies. The Coercive Act's purpose was to punish Boston by making them pay extra for tea and to keep the colonists from planning future attacks. The colonists called the Coercive Act the Intolerable Act because it was harsh. Four laws that were enforced as a result of the Intolerable Act were to pay taxes to Britain, stop all trading between Britain and Boston and no town meetings.