American Revolution Mistakes

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The American Revolution was fought to change oppressive taxation and Legislation by the English government in order to reinstate the social political and economic structure of the colonies before the English oppression. The colonists were very content with their lives until the implementation of heavy taxation and oppressive measures by the English government as well as some English companies. Conditions in England during the 16th and 17th centuries reflected a great change. This made landowners, wool manufactures and merchants very wealthy. Many of the migrants were reduced to begging and stealing to survive. In turn migrating to a new world seemed a hopeful choice for many of these people. English leaders also saw the colonies as a way to…show more content…
The French responded with military force and sparked the last of four North American wars with the British, the French and Indian War (1754-1763). The Treaty of Paris-1763 made England the dominate European power in eastern North America. There were 13 colonies that were established. England began trying to extract reparation funds from America after the French and Indian war; it made many mistakes that would eventually lead to the American Revolution. The first thing they did was to instate taxes on man common things such as Sugar, with the Sugar Tax Act, and lead, paint, paper, glass, and tea with the Townshend Act. This would be within reason, but the English put forth the Currency Act, which demanded that the taxes be paid in specie, which was basically gold or silver. This was a problem because the colonists now used fiat or paper money to trade within their own colonies. England also took away some of the colonists rights with the Quartering Act in 1765, which forced colonial families to take in and board English soldiers in their own homes. This caused problem between the come of the citizens of Boston and the British soldiers. During a brawl the British troops kill five civilians; this became known as the Boston…show more content…
England did not yield to their requests. After the first battles at Lexington and Concord, and Bunker Hill, the Second Continental Congress issued a Declaration of their cause to take up arms. In it, they informed the government of their unjust practices, and told of how they planned to throw down their weapons if England acknowledged their rights. In response to the declaration, Parliament sent 25,000 more English troops to America, and turned the Revolutionary war into a war of independence. After the war, America was finally an independent nation, and it was time to organize its government. It had an experimental period, in which it developed many of its current national principles. The new governments followed the form of the old ones, representative governments, but many new things were added. They would also borrow from John Locke theory of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Bodies were needed to govern the whole nation. The Continental Congress served such a purpose. In it, each state was represented. The states also kept church and state separate, and emphasized school, although there was a movement to make the material taught more
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