Compromise That Led To The American Revolution Research Paper

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Hector Baltazar
Ms. Brinkman
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
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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

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