The American Revolution During The 19th Century Essay

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Although the American Revolution took place in the late 18th century, historians trace its deep origins back to the mid-17th century. One must examine the differences in philosophies, such as those concerning slave-ownership, religion, and descendency of Americans, as well as the social and economic tensions between Britain and the colonies, such as those caused by the heavy taxation of Americans in the Navigation Acts and the unfair nature of mercantilism. Americans had a different mindset than the British because of religion in some cases and slave-ownership in others. Additionally, many Americans thought of themselves as Englishmen, but the British did not. The British felt that they were superior to the Americans due to the inherent inequality of mercantilism. Not only did these more abstract ideas lead to revolution, but so did concrete antagonisms between the Crown, Parliament, and the American colonies. The Navigation Acts of the 17th and 18th century as well as the relaxed standards of enforcing these acts from 1713 to 1763 caused much of this tension. Parliament taxed the colonists, in both currency and raw materials, using the Navigation Acts so extensively because of the nature of mercantilism. A mercantilist economy must always be exporting, so Britain needed an abundance of raw materials. The collective difference in mindset as well as the strained relations caused by the Navigation Acts, Britain’s mercantilist relationship with its colonies, and the period of…

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