The money raised from the indirect tax was used to raise revenue for The British Army and Navy. The colonist asked Parliament to repeal the tax; parliament rejected the request for the repeal. This caused irritation instilled in the colonists, which will lead to greater resistance later in colonial history. This also made the colonists want to start a centralized government. The Quartering Act of 1765 greatly intensified colonial resistance to the British.
April 5, 1764: The Sugar Act: The Molasses Act of 1733 placed a high tariff on sugar. As a result, American importers found it difficult and avoided paying the tariff. In order to prevent bribery and corruption that resulted from not wanting to pay this tariff, the Sugar Act of 1764 was introduced. Its significance, apart from to stop American importers from bribing the custom collectors, was to lower the tariff and to ensure that the lower tariff was being collected March 5, 1770: The Boston Massacre: The Boston Massacre caused tensions to rise enormously between the Americans and British because this was the first killing that occurred. The Americans realized that the British were not there to help them, but instead to put an end to their liberty.
Even after the war was over British troops remained stationed in the North America, resulting in a massive debt (Document F). Britain was in desperate need of additional revenue, so Parliament implemented the Sugar Act. Although the Sugar act’s duties were significantly less than the ones implemented beforehand, this time the British Government intended to enforce it. Some colonial towns responded to the new tax by boycotting certain English products. Shortly after, the Stamp Act was passed through Parliament that required taxed and stamped paper on legal documents, publications, and playing cards.
During the French and Indian War of 1754-1763, the British and American colonists were united against the French and their Native American allies. This allowed for a moderately stable relationship between the colonies and their motherland. However, after the French receded from their North American territory in 1763, the British began to impose more restrictions on the colonies regarding land acquisition and economics, putting a strain on what used to be a peaceful affair. Before 1763, Britain was not opposed against the westward expansion of the colonies into territories outside their original boundaries such as the Ohio River Valley. However, after the end of the French and Indian War, England became more strict in terms of land acquisition after these territories were surrendered to the British empire.
Document I also talks about colonists displeasure towards the British parliament. They claim that they do not have the same rights and privileges as their fellow subjects in Britain and that it is unconstitutional. In 1770 the Boston Massacre took place. An angry mob of colonists threw sticks, stones, and snowballs at British soldiers provoking them to open fire on the innocent colonists, killing many of them. Document B is quoted as saying “The propaganda impact throughout the colonies was profound”.
For the most part the American colonies had governed themselves. Soon after their arrival in America they started to expand, and also disputes with New France increased drastically. During this time Britain was forced to send “regulators” to keep peace with French settlers. In 1754 in Jumonville Glen 10 French troops were killed including their commander, this attack was launched and set to happen on the commands of George Washington. This sparked a seven-year war with the French, the French tried to push British colonist out of America.
After the French Revolution though, the republic slowly began shifting to a totalitarian regime, first under the Committee of Public Safety and then completely under Napoleon Bonaparte .The facts show that the American Revolution was more successful in establishing a stable and long-lasting republican government that started a precedent for Europe, while the French Revolution’s republic failed to last, being turned into a totalitarian regime. Events leading up to the American and French Revolutions occurred for a similar reason: unfair representation. The people in the American colonies became progressively upset with Britain and its Parliament when they refused the colonists’ representation, while still imposing many different taxes on the colonists. Upset over this tax on one of their most valued imports, the colonists dumped all the tea into the Boston Harbor during the Boston Tea Party. This showed that the colonists were willing, and able, to live without depending on the British government.
There were multiple reasons for these new rules of the British. At first they had the excuse of falling into debt after the French and Indian War. This led to much more strict laws over the colonists’ commerce. The British had laws in place preventing the colonists from smuggling goods, and trading with other countries. At first, the British practiced “Salutary Neglect”.
Duggan 1 Paul Duggan APUSH-3 10-20-10 American Revolution DBQ During the period from 1775 to 1800, American’s views toward Britain began to change. British policies between 1763 and 1776 intensified the colonial’s resistance to Britain and commitment to their new Enlightenment ideals. The policies involved many taxes which the colonists’ resisted due to their belief that such taxes without representation abused their rights. Americans began to look for political, economic, and social freedoms that Britain continued to deny them. They felt that the king was abusing his power as a monarch and therefore their rebellion was for a just cause of declaring the independence they wanted.
Restrictions on what colonist manufactured angered the merchants because they were not allowed to produce certain items in the colonies, just as they were prohibited from distributing paper currency, and the ability of having any legislation passed in the assemblies nullified. These laws made smuggling an honest profession and more common, and encouraged the idea of independence because colonists believed trade could be regulated by the states instead of a central government. The back-to- back laws of the Sugar Act (1764), Quartering Act (1765), and The Stamp Tax (1765) worked to exacerbate the colonists. The Sugar act raised tax revenue on foreign sugar, specifically from the