Essay about The American Revolution : The Battle Of Lexington & Concord

1448 Words Oct 2nd, 2014 6 Pages
Since the dawn of history, nations have been plagued with conflicts that have shaped society for what it has become today. Events as substantial and influential as these have often been the result of Revolutions. A key example would be the American Revolution. The American Revolution ultimately began in 1775 with the Battle of Lexington & Concord after a series of escalating conflicts. It ended with the Treaty of Paris in 1783. Leading up to independence, there were many recurring controversies and conflicts involving the English and the American Colonists. Most of these stemmed from economic restrictions set forth by the British Parliament towards the colonists, leading us to the conclusion that the origins of the American Revolution were most definitely economic. The English colonized the first colony, all the way to the last, from between 1607-1733. They did impose laws, such as the Navigation Acts which restricted trade, however the English did not enforce the laws, since they were over 3,000 miles of sea apart. In 1721, the Prime Minister Robert Walpole did not enforce the Navigation Acts, since he saw that profitable illegal trade was beneficial in allowing colonists to buy more English goods. The Navigation Acts were an attempt to put the theory of Mercantilism into effect on the colonies. Certain laws, like the Molasses Act of 1733 were passed, but never enforced. If the English had paid attention to smugglers, the colonists would have been taxed for molasses and…

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