Causes of the American Revolution

1763-1776

The American Revolution

The American Revolution was a rivalry of the 13 colonies against the British Empire. Some social causes were that the British were trying to get money from the 13 colonies and they kept putting tax on more and more things. The Navigation acts led to the American Revolution as well did the Proclamation of 1763. I think the colonies were justified declaring independence from England, because they would no longer have to obey they bad laws the British made
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Navigation Acts

The Navigation Acts was a law passed that restricted trading in the 13 colonies. Some items could only be shipped within the empire, some items that were shipped outside the empire ad to go to England first. After the acts grew more intense courts were set up to bring criminal charges for smuggling. In these courts defendants were assumed guilty until proven innocent. The biggest affect of the Navigation Acts was increasing resentment against England.
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The Proclamation of 1763

The Proclamation of 1763 was created to avoid more costly wars with Native Americans. The proclamation gave the natives right to their land. And the colonists could not settle west of the Appalachian mountains. This angered the colonists because they wanted to settle on that land and did not want soldiers living in their homes. Many colonists disregarded the proclamation and moved west of the Appalachian Mountains.
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Stamp Act

The Stamp Act was passed in 1765 that taxed all legal documents. The first reason that this act was created was to pay off debt from the French and Indian war. Sam Adams made the Committee of Correspondence where him and other would go to towns and would discuss how to fight the taxes the British had set. One way they fought was boycotting by not buying certain goods, so the British wouldn't get any money. Sam Adams also made the Sons of Liberty which where groups of people who went around protesting against the British. Then in 1765 King George III repealed the Stamp Act.
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Quartering Act

The British made the Quartering Act in response to the Stamp Act. This Act gave soldiers the right to stay inside of colonists homes, and the colonists also had to feed the soldiers. The colonists did not like having soldiers stay in their homes, also supplying soldiers was very costly. Also soldiers began taking jobs at a low wage which upset the colonists.
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Townshend Acts

IN 1767 the Townshend Acts were passed which made colonists pay taxes on imported tea, glass, paper and more items to pay for military costs. Colonists boycotted against the British goods. A groups of women called the Daughters of Liberty made their own cloth instead of buying cloth from the British. By 1770 most of the taxes was repealed but the tax on tea was still there. In response to this the Sons of Liberty attacked the homes of British officials and Colonial Tax Collectors.
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Boston Massacre

The British sent more troop sin when colonists resisted taxes. On March 5,1770 a crowd gathered around an angry colonist arguing with a British soldier. Then colonists began to throw snowballs at the solider and yell at him, then a soldier shot this riot killed five colonists and was known as the Boston Massacre. Sam Adams used this as one sided information to influence colonists opinions. John Adams chose to represent the soldiers during trial to show colonists had the right by trial.
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Tea Act & Boston Tea Party

IN 1773 the Tea Act was passed which made the British East Tea company the only company allowed to sell tea in the colonies. The colonists were very upset by having to pay taxes on tea. The Daughters of Liberty boycotted by making their own tea. On December 16, 1773 the Sons of liberty illegally bored ships and dumped 342 crates of tea into the Boston Harbor.
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Coercive Acts (Intolerable Acts)

The Boston Tea Party made the British extremely upset. So they passed the Intolerable Acts in 1774 they were called this because the laws in it were so harsh. These acts were created created to make the colonists pay for the tea they dumped into the harbor, also to keep the colonists from attacking again. These acts prohibited trade between the colonies and Britain, didn't allow town meetings, and it strengthened the Quartering acts.This impacted the economy of all the colonies very badly. These acts also made a revolutionary spirit in the colonies.

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