Essay on Autonomy, Responsibility and the American Revolution
The British assumed absolute rights over their colonies in America, and they felt that the American colonies should have to answer to the "mother land." However, the colonists of America felt that Great Britain had no right to control them. Great Britain began to place harsh taxes and limits on the Americans not only to bring in more revenue, but to show them that Britain was indeed "the boss" and had full authority over the colonies.3 King George III of England, in referring to all the Acts that were placed on the American colonies, said, "I am not sorry that the line of conduct now seems chalked out . . . blows must decide whether the colonies are to be subject to this country or independent [from it]."4 When the colonists experienced King George’s lack of concern for their interests as well as for their common welfare, they knew it was their responsibility to establish their own government. The Acts that King George III was referring to were definitely main contributors in bringing about the American Revolution and the autonomy of the American people.
Space and time were two factors that helped separate the colonies from Great Britain. Before 1763, the British did not spend too much