American Colonists And The British Empire Essay

998 Words Sep 21st, 2016 4 Pages
It was not until the mid-1700s that American colonists and the British empire was unable to coexist with each other. This phase of differences and disputes ultimately led to the Declaration of Independence. What led to this drastic disagreement? The truth is that the British empire was in a bind and felt that everyone including the American colonists must pay. So this led to the division between the two and resulted in several Acts being passed and Independence being declared. To understand why there was a dispute, you must know what was happening during this time period. Britain had just ended the Seven Years War (the French and Indian War) and was drowning in debt. In order to make up for their money loss, Britain began imposing policies towards colonies. These policies included the Stamp Act, the Sugar and Currency Act, the Townshend Act, and the Tea Act. These Acts were an effort to aid in the on growing debt of Great Britain. But these policy changes were a complete surprise to the American Colonist because Britain government rarely intervened with the colonies. So the colonies felt that the British government was gaining too much control and needed to be stopped. In the following paragraphs I will describe the Acts and their effects on the people of the colonies. First let’s begin with the Stamp Act of 1765. The Stamp act required individuals to purchase stamps for official documents and published papers (Ayers, Gould, Oshinsky, Soderlund, 2009). Stamps…

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