The Origins Of The American Revolution

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1.To what extent had the colonists developed a sense of their identity and unity as Americans by the eve of the Revolution? Use your knowledge of the period 1750 to 1776 to answer the question.
Even though the settlers in America were originated and were subjects of England, over time due to the oppressive acts of the the British, the colonists had developed a substantially greater sense of their identity and unity as Americans by the eve of the Revolution. To begin with the French and Indian War gave the Americans the belief that they could unite together and defeat a common opponent. Also, we can see the unification of the Americans by their responses to the restrictions placed on them by the British. After the Stamp Act the colonists
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This resulted in the tax collectors in all 13 colonies to eventually resign, We can see that the Americans were able to unify in order to gain their own rights. Several boycotts and retaliations are seen by the Americans collectively. Many Americans were tired of the British trying to dissolve their representative governments and trying to control their economy through their restricting laws. Therefore they started uniting and boycotting and even offered armed resistance against the British. However even though they increased their unity and identity some colonists known as Loyalists did not agree with being independent of Britain and so went against the Patriots. Almost 400,000 people either supported the crown or were neutral to the entire situation. Lastly the creation of organizations such the Continental Congress further show the extent of American unity. The Continental Congress had twelve representatives from 12 colonies which came together to talk about issues concerning the British. This was a clear sign of the colonies coming together as whole to “fight” the British. They approved programs which were supposed to be retaliations against the British restrictions. Additionally, …show more content…
In the document in the perspective of Colonel John Bradstreet, the Six Nations, Shawanese, and Delawares tried to act as mediators between the other Native Americans and the British. The British feel that these Native Americans have the most knowledge about the other Natives and that they wanted them to be at peace with them. Some of the British did not seem to trust the Indians and even despised them as stated by William Johnson, the crown’s superintendent of Indian affairs. Additonally, in the same document the British seem apologetic as Johnson states, “ and from a mistakenly notion, have greatly despised them.” The use of the words mistakenly might let us infer that the British felt they wrongly judged the Indians. Also the painting by Benjamin West shows that British seemed scared or intrigued by the Indians. The British seem taken aback by what the Indians are saying in the meeting. Overall, the British had mixed feelings about the Indians, some hated them, while others appreciated or were willing to communicate a few different tribes. They also were more willing to work and stabilize relationships with the Indians as seen by them creating the Proclamation of

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