The Pros And Cons Of The American Revolution Era

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The American Revolution Era, which ran from 1763-1789, was a radical, inspiring fight for freedom. Although the main two sides of the war were imperialist mother country Britain and the thirteen colonies she established in North America, several major world powers were involved as well. The Brit’s main ally was Germany, and the British force recruited “soldiers-for-hire,” called Hessians, who were paid to fight against the colonists and their allies. The colonies received passive aid from the Netherlands, in the form of financial support. They were also aided by Spain, who likely joined forces with the colonies to get revenge for the Seven Years War. However, the colonies main ally was France, who supported them both financially and with …show more content…
After the introduction of the Stamp Act, the Sons of Liberty was formed- “a radical protest group – an intercolonial association that linked protest leaders across colonies,” (Morris 2018). Although the Stamp Act was repealed in 1766, that wasn’t the end of mother Britain's imperialist tirade. In 1767, the Townshend Act was put into place. It acted as an extension of the longtime Navigation Acts, which made colonial import impossible without some level of British involvement and control. For lack of a better word, the Townshend acts were petty. The British were still drowning in debt from the Seven Years war and wanted the colonists to “pay their share,” (Morris 2018). They only enacted taxes on colonial imports, not exports. This meant that they were able to not only collect revenue from the importation of goods, but exploit colonial land for its resources and workforce. This act was the starting off point for colonial boycott of British imports. No imports meant no …show more content…
In 1775, Massachusetts was declared to be in a “state of rebellion,” (Morris 2018). Patriots there had begun assembling militia and gathering supplies. British General Gage is ordered to arrest leaders and take supplies. This is when Paul Revere makes his famous, however mostly unsuccessful ride, and General Gage sends 700 men to Lexington to stop the Patriots from assembling. Shots break out, and the British are eventually forced to retreat. The colonies are a force to be reckoned with, war has begun, and as King George said: “Blows will decide,” (qtd by Morris 2018). After Lexington and Concord, the Second Continental Congress was held on May 10, 1775. It was at the Second Continental that congress developed a navy and marine corps and sent out diplomats to negotiate treaties and alliances. It was also at this time that George Washington was appointed commander-in-chief of the military.Another turning point was on July 4, 1776 when the Declaration of Independence was signed. This document is essential to the American Revolution for two major reasons. First, it completely severed colonial ties with Britain. Second, it gave the colonies a huge war advantage- a strong, dedicated ally, France. Although there was already talk of a colonial-French alliance, it was only until after the colonies were severed from Britain and completely independent that they could become formal

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