Causes of the American Revolution

Lawson Crow 1763-1776

Navigation Acts

The Navigation acts were made to try to stop the growing Dutch trade with the colonies.

The acts were also meant to make Britain more money from mercantilism. The act said that all of the colonies' trade had to be with England on English ships. Later the sugar act was established, and it made all sugar imported from places other than Englad illegal. All of these laws and acts created by Parliment cause more hatred towards Englad from the colonies

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The Proclamation of 1763

After the French and Indian War, Englad was given all the land east of the Mississippi River. But, as the colonist tried to move to the land they were stopped by Native American attacks. To prevent more money being spent fighting Indians, King George lll issued the Proclamation of 1763. The proclamation told all colonist that they would not be able to settle west of the Appalation Mountains. Colonists were very upset about it because they had just given their lives in the war over the land.
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Stamp Act

The 1765, Parliment established the Stamp Act. This act required a stamp, or tax, on all goods printed on paper. This was another effort by the Britsh to pay of their debt from the French and Indian war. The colonists dispiesd this tax, like all the others, but it caused the Sons of Liberty to start protests. The Sons of Liberty tarred and feathered many tax collectors in the New England area. Ben Frainklin organized the Stamp Act Congress to compose a letter to the King to repeal the act. The Congress's letter caused Parliment to repeal the act, but there were still many taxes.
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Quartering Act

In response to the Stamp act being repealed, Britain sent more solders to the colonies. The Quartering Act allowed British solders to search any home or building with no search warrant. It forced many colonist to house, cloth, and feed multiple solders at a time. The colonists didn't like the Quartering act because it forced them to spend the little money they had housing solders. The writs of assistance were the blank search warrants that allowed solders to stay in the colonists' homes.
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Townshend Acts

The Townshend acts were taxes on glass, paper, and sugar. The Daughters of Liberty were one of many groups boycotting British goods. They made their own cloth and sold it to prevent people from buying it from England. After the act was repealed, sugar continued to be taxed. The Sons of Liberty, another protesting group, would take tax collectors and tar and feather them in public to protest.
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Boston Massacre

On March 5, 1770, 5 colonist were killed in Boston during a protest. The colonists were massacred by British Red Coats. After the massacre colonist, such as Sam Adams, were furious. He and the Sons of Liberty held many protests. Sam Adams's brother, John Adams, defened the Red Coats after the incident, saying that it wasn't their fault.
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Tea Act & Boston Tea Party

The Tea act was a tax on all tea imported and exported out of the colonies. Even though the Tea act made tea cheaper, the colonist were still upset because it gave the British East India Tea Company a monopoly on all tea in the colonies. The Sons of liberty dressed up as Native Americans and dumped 342 crates of tea into Boston harbor to protest the tea act.
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Coercive Acts

Because of the Boston Tea Party (shown below), British Parliament passed the Coercive acts, or intolerable acts, to punish the colonists. The act closed the port of Boston, outlawed all colonial government, made colonists pay for the tea from the Tea Party, and forced trade out of Boston. The colonists thought of the Intolerable acts as the "last straw" before starting to rebel. This act caused them to begin thinking about revolting the British.
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Causes of The Revolution

The American Revolution was when the British colonies of North America rebelled against the English Government. This took place from 1776 till 1783 when the colonies became a country of their own. Some social causes of it were the Quartering act, allowing solders to stay in colonists' homes, another was The Sons of Liberty protesting against the English. The Navigation, Stamp, and Townshend acts were all economic policies that made colonist unhappy causing them to revolt. I think that the colonists had full authority to declare independence, since all the British were doing was taxing and collecting goods from the colonies. There was nothing benefiting the colonies until they declared independence in 1776.
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