Causes of the American Revolution
Audrey Vera 1763-1776
The purpose of the navigation acts were to put the theory of mercantilism into actual practice. During this act the colonists were only able to trade with English or colonial ships. Also sugar,tobacco,and indigo could only be shipped within the empire. In 1733 Britian passed the sugar act which put a tax on the sugar that were being imported from the French West Indies. The colonists disagreed with this act which caused resentment against Britain. Also it stopped colonial manufacturing.
Proclamation of 1763
After the French and Indian war Britain made the proclamation of 1763. King Gorge III issued the proclamation so colonists wouldn't have a expensive war with the native Americans. The colonists got really angry becuase of this because they though since Britain won the war they would be able to settle on the land.
The Stamp Act-1765
The stamp act taxed everything printed on paper. It was created to make money to protect the colonies and it helped pay off the war debt. Samuel Adams and the committee of correspondence boycotted and sent letters to the other colonies to tell them about the British taxes and they told them how to fight the taxes. Samuel Adams created another group called the sons of liberty and their purpose was to protest and use violence to get their message across. Because many people did not like the stamp on act they created a stamp act congress. This congress was reepresented by 9 people from 9 different colonies. They wrote a parilament that asked if the king would repeal the stamp act. King George III repealed the stamp act but he got mad that the colonists were acting against him and he sent more troops to Boston.
The quartering Act-1765
After the stamp act Britain sent more troops. Because of this King George III made the quartering act which made the colonists clothe, feed, and house the soldiers. The colonists had two major issues with this. One was that they didn't like that soldiers had writs of assistance. Writs of assistance are blank search warrants. This means that soldiers could look through the any house they wanted with the blank search warrants. The second issue was housing the soldiers cost a lot of money.
The townshend act-1767
The townshend act taxed imported tea, glass, paper, and other items. Lots of people weren't happy with this act including the daughters of Liberty and the sons of liberty. The daughters protested by making their own cloth. The sons of Liberty attacked the homes of soldiers and tax collectors. Britain repealed the act in 1770, but didn't stop taxing on tea.
The Boston massacre-1770
On March 5,1770 colonists surrounded around another colonist fighting with a soldier. The colonists started throwing snowballs and shouting at the soldier. The mob grew big and a soldier shot into the mob.Five colonists were killed and it was later called the Boston Massacre by the colonists. Samuel Adams used this incident as a propaganda. Samuel Adam's cousin,John Adams, represented the soldiers in a trial.
Tea act and the Boston Tea Party-1773
The Tea Act was an act that made the colonists only get tea from the British West India Company. Even though the tea act made the tea price lower the colonists were mad because they still had to pay import taxes. The Sons Of Liberty were mad so they dressed up like Native Americans and dump 342 crates of tea into the harbor.This protest was called the Boston Tea Party. The Daughters Of Liberty protested by making their own tea.
The Coercive Act (Intolerable Acts)-1774
The Coercive or Intolerable Act was the result of Britain getting mad because of the Boston Tea Party. There were four laws that came with the Intolerable act. One of them were the colonists had to stop trading from Boston and Britain. The second law was that the colonists couldn't have town meetings. The third law gave Britain total control over all the colonies. And the fourth law strengthened the Quartering act. This act spread revolutionary spirit through all the colonies.
The American Revolution-1763-1776
The American Revolution was a war for independence from Britain. This caused political ideas and caused revolutions around the world. What caused the colonists to start the american revolution was Britain treating the colonies very badly and not respecting them. Also Britain taxing the colonies too much. I think that the colones were justified by declaring their independence from Britain because they started something that turned into what we have today which is The Untied States Of America.