Economic Factors Of American And John Locke And The American Revolution

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The French and Indian war is now complete and the United States is ready to achieve independence, but the British stand in the way. The British crown still had governmental power over the United States at the time. Britain began heavily taxing Americans in order for money to repay debts from French and Indian war. British incidents such as the Boston Massacre, the Tea Act, and the Intolerable Acts all pushed the American citizens over the edge to attempt independence from Britain. Americans were tired of strict British rule so they responded by the Boston Tea Party, writing of Common Sense, and boycotting on taxed British goods, yet these would all lead up to American Independence. Economic factors made up a large part of American and …show more content…
John Locke put together, what he called, the natural law theory. This theory consisted of five main points that are naturally given to every person on earth. Those theories can be summarized as all human beings have a reason for being on earth, all humans have inalienable rights, governments should be formed by people, any government must protect the rights of man, and rebellion by people is allowed if government fails to protect those rights. Locke’s theory of freedom inspired Thomas Jefferson to write Declaration of Independence. The American Revolution was known as a minority movement because many colonists were either apathetic or neutral. The Declaration of Independence and Common Sense were drafted in order to change these Loyalists’ …show more content…
This was drafted in order to profess American loyalty to the king in order to try and prevent any more fighting between the two nations. King George III denied peace and claimed that America was in full rebellion. Thousands of German forces, known as Hessians, were hired to fight for the British. After the Declaration of Independence was adopted in July 1776, this opened up America for diplomatic arrangements. The French were still furious at Britain after the loss of all their North American land so they were willing to get back at Britain. Just after the signing of the Declaration of Independence, Continental Congress drafted the Model Treaty; which was used to guide the American commissioners about to dispatch to the French court. By French forces coming into battle, this opened up a whole new war. French, Spain, and Holland all began teaming up against the British. In 1780, Catherine the Great of Russia drafted the Armed Neutrality, which lined up all remaining European forces against Britain. Without the help of all these outside European forces, America itself would not have won the war over

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