Causes of the American Revolution


Causes of the American Revolution (1763-1776)

The american revolution was a war fought between the British and the rebellious american patriots over the freedom of the colonies. The american revolution was not caused by one single event, the revolution was caused by a series of event. Some of the social events included the Boston Massacre, The Boston Tea Party, and the 1st Continental Congress.

Some of the economic policies that caused the American Revolution included Navigation Acts , the Proclamation of 1763, the Stamp Act, Quartering Act, Townshend Acts, the Tea Act, and The coercive Acts (Intolerable). I think the British had some right to tax the Americans, but the British went too far with there over taxation.

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Navigation Acts

The Navigation Act was put into motion to make all trade exclusive to England to try out mercantilism. While trading goods the colonies had to follow a set of rules these rules included trade was only to be conducted with English of Colonial ships, and certain items were banned and had to shipped to the empire first. There was a sugar act that only allowed colonist to buy sugar from the more expensive French west Indies, because the sugar was more expensive the colonist didn't like the act. Th most significant effect of the Navigation act was how the act stifling the colonist manufacturing, and increased the resentment aghast the mother country.
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The Proclamation of 1763

After the French and Indian war the Proclamation was made to prevent any more costly wars. The line angered the colonist because they wanted to settle in the west. the line was issued even though the French were gone the Natives remained.
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The Stamp Act-1765

The stamp act was created to tax anything printed on paper requiring people to buy stamps, this helped fund the paying off of the war debts of the French and Indian war. The committees of Correspondence protested to this by boycotting some goods. during this time the Sons of Liberty was created at this time Samuel Adams the founder created this to protest aghast the British. Another group of people gathered up known as the Stamp Act Congress discuses the new act. The Stamp Act Congress decided that the colonial governments should tax the colonies not the British. This address was called treason by king Charles the 3rd.
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Quartering Act - 1765

As a response to the Stamp Act Congress the Quartering Act was created and more soldiers were sent to the Colonies. This new Act allowed British soldiers come into your house and you would have to let them live there even if they didn't have a permit. Some issues the Colonist had with this act was that soldiers could come into your house even if they didn't have a permit, another issue the Colonist had with the act is that to feed and give shelter to the soldiers was expensive.
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Townshend Acts - 1767

Some items taxed in the Townshend act were tea, paper, glass, and other items. A protest to this new act that came from the Daughters of Liberty were that they boycotted the cloth and made their own. In 1770 the Townshend act was repealed except for the tax of tea so the British could show that they still had power. To protest to the tax that remained the Sons of Liberty disguised as natives threw crates into the Boston harbor.
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Boston Massacre - 1770

On March 5, 1770 a crowed gathered around an angry colonist and a soldier, soon the crowed became a mob and more soldiers came to deal with the chaos. This continued on until the soldiers fired into the crowed killing 5 people. Samuel Adams used this as propaganda against the government. although Samuel Adams worked against the government John Adams defended the soldiers in court.
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Tea Act & Boston Tea Party - 1773

The Tea Act allowed the British east India trading company to have a monopoly over the trade in the colonies. Even though the tea was cheaper then other teas the colonies the British had import taxes on the tea. In protest the Sons of Liberty disguised Natives raided a ship full of tea and dumped 342 crates into the Boston harbor costing the British almost a million dollars today.
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Coercive Act (Intolerable Acts) - 1774

The colonist called the Coercive Acts the Intolerable Acts as a nickname. The four laws that were enforced as a result of the Intolerable Act these laws were the end of trade between the British and the colonist, There was no more town meetings, Britain gained complete control over the colonies, also it strengthened the Quartering Act.
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