Compromise That Led To The American Revolution Research Paper

Better Essays
Hector Baltazar
Ms. Brinkman
11-5-17
No Taxation Without Representation: The Failed Compromise That Led To a Revolution

The French and Indian War, also known as the Seven Years War, ended with the Treaty of Paris signed by Great Britain, France, and Spain. The Seven Year War had caused Great Britain to be the most powerful nation in the world, led to resentment towards colonist, removed French threat, and most importantly led Great Britain to an enormous debt from war . To pay for the debt from war, George Grenville, (Prime Minister), asked Parliament to tax the colonists. Because of Parliament taxing the colonists, this later on led to the American Revolution. On April 5, 1764, Parliament passed the
…show more content…
This act places taxes on imported glass, tea, lead, paper, and paint. The money being raised from this act would help pay for the war debt. British Officials used writs of assistance to basically enforce this act. Colonist hated this act because they felt as if it violated their constitutional rights. Therefore, colonist decided to boycott on British goods AGAIN! They hoped this actually got Parliament's attention. This led to Samuel Adams writing a letter saying that the acts were actually violating the legal rights of the colonist. The Massachusetts Legislature helped Samuel Adams by sending his letter to other colonial legislature to ask for their support. As time passed by, several colonies joined the protest against the Townshend Act. As this was occurring, British tax collectors seized the ship called Liberty. John Hancock, the ship owner, was furious and accused the British tax collectors for punishing him since he also protested the Townshend act. The Sons of Liberty backed up John Hancock and began attacking the houses of the British tax collectors. This resulted to the Governor breaking up the Massachusetts Legislature and sent troops to Boston. The troops arrived at Boston on October …show more content…
He had to ask Parliament to punish Massachusetts. They punished Massachusetts by passing the Coercive Acts, or also known as the Intolerable Acts in 1774. The Intolerable Act had different effects. Boston Harbor was closed until Boston paid for the tea that was thrown out of the ships, The Massachusetts Charter was canceled, Royal Officials accused of crimes would be sent to England for trial, The Quartering Act forced colonist to house and supply British soldiers, and General Thomas Gage became the new governor of Massachusetts. These acts basically made the colonist pissed off. Many wrote poems and letters criticizing the British government's actions. This one colonist named Mercy Otis Warren wrote plays that showed the lack of rights colonist were receiving. Obviously colonial leaders proposed a boycott on British goods, and they had a meeting with leaders from each colony to decide the best way to get revenge on the way Great Britain is abusing colonial rights. This eventually led to the American

Related Documents

  • Decent Essays

    The Stamp Act Analysis

    • 807 Words
    • 4 Pages

    The Townshend Acts required a tax on imported goods received by the colonies. This included glass, lead, paint, paper, and what made everyone horrified, tea. Colonials felt that they were being taken advantage of and certainty let the King know. All the taxes from the Townshend Acts, excluding tea, were repealed in 1770. A protest against this took place in Massachusetts where boycotting protesters were harassing the British agents stationed in Boston.…

    • 807 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    Colonial Conflicts

    • 1137 Words
    • 5 Pages

    This included: income tax, tariffs, and commerce taxes (ex. the Stamp Act, Sugar Act, etc.). The taxes on commerce greatly affected the southern planters and New England merchants. These two groups greatly opposed these taxes, citing “no taxation without representation”. As a result, the groups boycotted British goods, forcing the Crown to rescind their taxes.…

    • 1137 Words
    • 5 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    The American Revolution

    • 1922 Words
    • 8 Pages

    These events started with the Stamp Act of 1765 that led to physical violence, intimidation, and even mob violence to impede the collection of the stamp tax. The British had just concluded a 7-year war that left a massive national debt, which led Brittan to see the colonies as a source of untapped revenue. Many colonists saw this as unconstitutional because they lacked representation in the parliament that had imposed this new tax. After the Tea Act of 1765 had been repealed the Chancellor of the Exchequer proposed a new act, Townshend Revenue Act. Under his proposed act a number of goods where taxed in order to raise revenue to pay the salaries of the colonial governors.…

    • 1922 Words
    • 8 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    The sugar and stamp acts were taxes places on the sugar and stamped goods that the colonist bought. The colonist was upset because they felt they were being taxed by Parliament with no representation for the American colonies in Great Britain, they referred to it as “taxation without representation”. After the stamp act was passed nine American colonies gathered in order to ask all colonies to stop buying stamped goods, they called themselves the Stamp Act congress. This event made Parliament cancel the Stamp act. However, two years later in 1767 Parliament passed the Townshend acts; these acts imposed taxes on many goods such as glass, lead, paints, and tea that was imported into the colonies.…

    • 897 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    In 1765, the British government passed another law raising taxes on the colonies. The Stamp Act, required that all paper products used in the colonies be taxed. Americans are now outraged with anger, it is one thing to tax sugar, something that not everyone uses, but, to tax paper, a necessity to most. A group of irate colonial businessmen and lawyers got together and formed the Sons of Liberty in Boston to protest the Stamp Act. This idea sprung all over the other colonies.…

    • 1169 Words
    • 5 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    This law would require colonists to purchase a government-issued stamp for legal documents and other paper goods. This in its way the Prime Minister Grenville is fueled the hatred of the colonist to start a revolution. It was when the “Stamp Act” reached the colonies’ passed regulations denying the tax on the colonies just like an “Englishmen”, but that was not the end. Then came the colonist who fought like “Americans” in Boston, colonist rioted and destroyed the house of the stamp distributor. The tension between the colonist and England was…

    • 787 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    This act greatly angered Britain and they punished the colonist by a series of “Coercive Acts” such as closing Boston’s port creating unemployment, changing the government structure of Massachusetts so that Britain had more power and the colonist had less, and putting Massachusetts under military rule by placing troops there to enforce these rules. The colonies met to form a Congress with representation of all the colonies except Georgia and together they petitioned King George III to consider the colonists position, reminding him of the Americas’ loyalty. The King had already decided to retaliate the rebellious actions of the colonist with war. The first battle was an unsuccessful attempt on the part of the British to seize colonial weapons. They were intercepted by…

    • 1707 Words
    • 7 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    Third, the “Boston Massacre” happened when Britain was abusing the power it had over the Americans. Lastly, the British were very aggressive towards the colonists when they did not need to be and they abused their power over the colonists. Around 1765, the British parliament started to treat the American citizens like they were not citizens. They treated them so unfairly compared to how they treated the people in their own…

    • 749 Words
    • 3 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    The British enforced the “Intolerable acts” which included one act that stated that the Boston Harbor would remain closed until the tea was paid for. (McDougal Littell) The First Continental Congress met, and agreed to boycott all British goods, which in turn forced the Americans to be self sufficient, since they couldn’t trade or buy British goods. The Americans were extremely outraged with the British. The Sons of Liberty performed terrorist attacks against the British such as tarring and feathering, and a civilian attack against the British military which led to the Boston Massacre. The British were forced to take action, and the started to fight back against the destructive Americans.…

    • 1083 Words
    • 5 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    The colonies found this reason when Great Britain began taxing the colonies for the protection the British troops gave them during the French and Indian war (Gilje). The colonies’ argument was “no taxation without representation” (Williams). This was such a big problem for the colonies because they felt they were being unfairly treated by being taxed. When the taxes were decided to be put in place for the colonist, the colonist had no say in it. This is what really infuriated New England about the tax.…

    • 2322 Words
    • 10 Pages
    Decent Essays