Causes of the American Revolution
Cases of the American Revolution
The american Revolution didn't just happen. There was a series of events that lead to the war. Britain was not treating the colonists as they thought they should be. So several groups of individuals convinced America to unite and fight for their Independence.
King George III passed the navigation Acts to limit the colonies trade to only England. That means the colonies could only trade with England and they could only obtain currency through England. This Act stifled American companies and started the resentment towards the mother country.
The Proclamation of 1763
After the French and Indian War, King George III passed a law restricting the colonists from settling West of the Appellation Mts. to prevent further Native attacks. Although Colonists did it anyway.
The stamp act taxed all printed goods.It was created to support England in their time of debt after the French and Indian war,and to protect the colonists. The Committee of Correspondence spread the idea of boycotting the stamp act. One more group was created to protest British policies. It was called the Sons of Librity,and it was created ny Samuel Adams. A stamp act congress was created to discuss how to deal with the tax peacefully. Eventually King George III repealed the act and gave all taxing powers to parliment.
The Quartering Act
After the Stamp Act was repealed Parliament sent even more troops to America. So many that parliament passed the Quartering act saying that any Colonist had to let Troops stay in their homes and they had to feed them and nurse them. Housing a solider was costly and the colonists thought they had lost their right to own property.The writs of assistance was a law saying that any troop could search any home.
This act taxed glass, tea, and other materials .The daughters of liberty protested by making their own cloth. After a lot of protesting the British repealled all taxes except on tea.
British solider were being insulted and pounded by snowballs on March 5, 1773. So they shot and killed five people.Sam Adams used this as propaganda,while John Adams defended the soldiers i court and won.
Tea Act & Boston Tea Party
After the Town shed acts the parliament kept the tax on tea. Also they gave the British East India Company the monopoly over tea in the colonies. The colonists were upset because they didn't like having to pay imported taxes to Britain. The Sons of liberty responded to the act by dressing up as indians and throwing tea off of a British boat.
This act was often called the intolerable acts by colonists. This act restricted Boston from trading with other colonies, holding town meetings, and even closed the Boston harbor. However the other colonies supplied Boston while this act continued.