Essay on The French Revolution And The American Revolution

1153 Words Jan 21st, 2016 5 Pages
The American, French, and Haitian revolutions occurred within 20 years of each other during the late 18th and early 19th century. The American and French revolutions preceded the Haitian Revolution and greatly affected its results. Although the Haitian revolution shared a similar goal as the American Revolution, many of the resistance tactics and occurrences more closely resemble those of the French Revolution. It is likely true that the beginning of the Haitian revolution was heavily influenced and inspired by the events of the French Revolution that had occurred just 12 years earlier.
The American Revolution lasted from 1775 to 1783. It was caused by the heavy taxes and strict laws issued by the British Parliament, such as the Sugar Act, the Currency Act, the Stamp Act, and the Quartering Act. The American colonists responded to this by protesting the rule of Parliament and King George III, to which the British repealed these acts but instead slyly published the Declaratory Act, a law that claimed the British rights to tax the Americans in any way they chose (Spark Notes). Tensions continued to grow between the colonies and mainland Britain, which eventually lead up to rebellions such as the Boston Massacre and the Boston Tea Party. Britain then decided to be more aggressive with their control, and attempted to invade the colonies at the battles of Lexington and Concord in 1775. This marked the official beginning of the Revolutionary War, which continued until 1783, even…

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