Reasons For Revolution
The Causes Of The American Revolution, 1763--1776
Causes of the Revolution
The American Revolution was the Colonies' rebellion against the British. It was mainly about the fact that after the French and Indian war, so many dept needed to be payed, so the British taxed the Colonies to pay it off. They taxed many things that everyone needed to live, such as paper, paints, and other everyday things.
The Navigation Acts made it so the colonies were only able to trade with the British. Overall, while the colonies were not happy with this act, they became opposed when the "Sugar Act" came into effect. This forced American rum dealers to buy more costly sugar from the British West Indies, and not the French West Indies. Overall, It caused increased anger to the British.
The Proclamation Of 1763
The Proclamation Of 1763 was issued by the king after even more battles with the Indians. It said that the colonists could not expand past the Appalachian Mountains. It was mainly to leave space for the Indians to live and have a place to own and to make it so they would not have conflict, but it caused the colonists to be enraged, but the British were never able to enforce it as they planned they could.
The Stamp Act
The Stamp Act taxed all forms of paper by requiring you to buy a stamp from the British. It was mainly to help pay for the costs of war that they owed a lot for. The colonist were mad about this, so they boycotted all paper and refused to buy British products. Benjamin Franklin eventually Requested that King George Repealed the act to avoid even more conflict. Along with this, there was a lot of fighting due to the Sons of Liberty being established by Samual adams
The Quartering Act
After the stamp act was repealed, Britain sent more troops into the colonies. They also passes an act that stated all soldier can live in your house, and the colonist needed to feed and take care of him. The Soldiers could also search their houses with a blank search Warrants, called Writs Of Assistance, and the fact that you needed to pay for people that you really have no choice to or not, and the fact that they were British made the colonists extremely enraged.
The Townshend Acts taxed paper, tea, and other items to pay for military costs. The colonists again boycotted these goods. The Daughters Liberty made their own cloth. Overall by 1770 the taxes were all repealed, but the tea tax stayed to show that the British could tax goods, and the Colonists couldn't do anything about it.
After the colonists threw things at the British, and after a club his a British official, he commanded his troops to shoot. After the smoke cleared and the riot had ran, 5 were found dead. Samuel Adams used this as propaganda, calling it a massacre beyond reason, and really lighting a huge spike in revolution. His cousin however, was the one who gave them the rights to a trial, which in he supported them.
Tea act and the Party It Caused
In 1773, the Tea Act was passed. It made it so the colonist were only aloud to buy Tea from the British East India Company, which, surprisingly, lowered the cost of tea, but the Colonist were so tired of the British, that they would have rather bought less quality more expensive tea from anywhere else. This led to the Sons of Liberty dressing as Indians and dumping a total of one million dollars worth of tea into the Boston harbor, causing massive anger among everyone.
Coercive Acts aka Intolerable Acts
The British were enraged at the Boston Tea Party. In response they stopped trade with all of Boston. They banned all forms of town meetings. They gained control of the colonies, and they strengthened the Quartering Acts. The colonies supported Boston through goods, and the revolutionary spirit was at its highest peak.