Causes of the American Revolution
The purpose of the Navigation Acts was to put the idea of mercantilism into practice. There were some rules that the colonists had to follow. First, all the trade had to be done with ships built in England. Second, all goods that were to be traded with other countries had to come to England first. The Sugar Act was part of the Navigation Acts. The sugar Act was a duty placed on sugar forcing the colonies to buy costly sugar from the British West Indies. The most important impact from the Navigation Acts was the stifling of colonial manufacturing and the increasing tension between the colonies and England.
Proclamation of 1763
The Proclamation of 1763 was made after the French and Indian War. It made sure that the colonist did not settle West of the Appalachian Mountains . King George III Issued the Proclamation to avoid the costly wars with the natives if the colonist started to go West. The colonist became infuriated because they wanted to settle West. The tension was rising between the colonies and England.
The Stamp Act placed taxes on anything printed on paper. The Stamp Act was created to collect money to pay the debt from the French and Indian War, but it didn't affect the life of the poor that much. Samuel Adams and the Committees of Correspondence boycotted the goods while the Sons of Liberty used more violent ways to get their message across. The Sons of Liberty was a group of very patriotic men who used more violent acts to protest against acts. At the Stamp Act Congress the colonies decided that only colonial governments should be allowed to tax their people, and asked for the law to be repealed. King George III eventually repealed the Stamp Act and signed off on the Declaratory Act.