The Major Causes Of The American Revolution

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The American Revolution was a major part of American history, it gave the thirteen colonies the independence they needed from the tyrants of Great Britain. The 13 colonies felt as though they were being overly oppressed by taxes, they didn’t have any representation and the Boston tea party (which caused even more taxes on the colonies and revved up the wars start).The most important cause of the American Revolution was the war between the French and Britain or the French and Indian war. The battle was expensive and it set the tide for why Great Britain where money hungry after the war. The French and Indian war for land was an imperial struggle between Britain and France. When France’s expansion into the Ohio River valley brought repeated conflict …show more content…
The end of the 7 years’ war brought about a postwar recession. British merchants had begun to ask for payments for debt that colonist gained by buying British imported goods. The merchants wanted to be paid in Brittan pounds instead of the colonies currency which had an uncertain value. In response in 1764 British parliament had passed the Currency Act which made it to where colonies couldn’t issue paper money made it even more difficult for colonist to pay taxes. Along with the sugar act came the revenue act which placed goods such as wool and hides, which had previously been traded freely with Holland, France, and southern Europe, on the enumerated list meaning they had to be shipped through England. Next after the beginning taxes Britain saw that they were beginning to gain more money and able to pay off the Britain soldiers that were stationed to protect the 13 colonies. The stamp act was a result of this. The stamp act was a way to strengthen the continuation of the navigation acts. The stamp act of 1765 showed a new departure in imperial policy. Unprecedented, the parliament tried to raise money from direct tax rather than from the money made off …show more content…
Colonist felt as though they should get the same representation that Britons have at home. But Britain’s parliament had a solution to the colonist problem, they valued the concept of virtual representation. Virtual representation was were a member of the British parliament represented everyone in the 13 colonies and there was no need for specific representatives in colonies such a Virginia and Massachusetts. Soame Jenyns, a member of Parliament, displayed the contempt felt by many in that body towards the American arguments when he wrote, "As these are usually mixed up with several patriotic and favorite words, such as liberty, property, Englishmen, etc., which are apt to make strong impressions on that more numerous part of mankind who have ears but no understanding, it will not, I think, be improper to give them some answers.” The thirteen colonies didn’t see eye to eye with Great Britain when it came to virtual representation. Most colonist seen that it was nearly impossible to send representatives across the Atlantic plus too much time would be needed to issue instructions to colonial representatives, and any American representation would be so badly outnumbered as to make it totally ineffectual. By Britain wanting virtual representation for the 13 colonies set the colonies to action. On October 1765, the stamp act congress met in New York with 27

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