Causes of the American Revolution
Oliver Lopez 1763-1776
The navigation acts started in 1650 to put use mercantilism in the colonies. The colonists had to follow 2 new rules, which are the only use English ships for trading and they have to go back to England before trading any goods anywhere. There was also another act witch was called the Sugar Act. The act was to put tax on sugar and the colonists opposed it because the sugar was more costly.
The Porclamation of 1763
The Proclamation of 1763 was created after the French and Indian war. King George III issued the Proclamation because he did not want to create more tension with the Indians. The Proclamation of 1763 angered many colonists because they could not settle on the land west of the Mississippi River and they did not want to live with British Soliders.
The Stamp Act
The Stamp Act took place in 1765 and it taxed all paper goods the colonies buy like books, newspapers, and playing cards. The Stamp Act was created so that England could pay of their debt in the French and Indian War. Samuel Adams was not happy about this so he and the committees of correspondence protested by contacting different colonies and telling them and the taxes and who to fight them. Samuel Adams also created the Sons of Liberty which sent their anger of the taxes in violence. So to try to resolve the act the Samp Act Congress came along and they discussed that only the colonial government could tax the colonists. Also Benjamin Franklin said to repeal the act so they could prevent a Revolution. King George III had no other choice but to stop the Stamp Act.
In 1765 the Britain sent more they sent even more troops to the colonies in response to the Stamp Act protests. The colonists also had to house the Soliders and feed them and provided necessities for them. The Soliders could also go into colonists house and search their house without a warrant or wires of assistance.
The Townshed Acts started in 1767 and they were to tax goods like tea, glass, and paper. The Daughters of Liberty response to this was that they made their own clothes. In 1770 the Townshed Acts were reaped but tea was still taxed. The Sobs of Liberty continued to use violence and attacks the homes of British officials and colonial tax colectors.
On March 5,1770 Colonists gathered and shouted insults to the British Soilders then the Soilders could not stand any more and they fired at the colonists and they killed 5 men. Samuel Adams responded by the Boston Massacre by using it as a propaganda and used it to influence and persuade the public.
Tea Act and Boston Tea Party
In 1773 the Tea Act was passed and and it was a tax on tea. The colonists were infuriated with the Tea Act the colonists had to pay import taxes to Britian. The Sons of Liberty responded to the Act by boarding the British ships full of tea dressed as Indians and dumped 342 crates of tea in the harbor.
Coercive Act (Intolerable Acts)
The Coercive Acts started in 1774 and the colonists called it the Coercive Acts because they were so harsh. The Coercive Act made the colonists have no trade with Britain and Boston, made the colonists have no town meetings, gave Britain control of the colony, and strengthened the Quartering Act.
The American Revolution was when the Colonies finally snapped and battled against the British. The causes of the Revolution is the taxes the British made the colonists pay and all the acts the British placed on them. I think the colonists should have declared independence from England.