Causes of the American Revolution

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Many factors influenced the American rebellion that we all known as the American Revolution. Though political influences existed, the American Revolution was primarily an economic rebellion, because of conflict over taxation and representation in Parliament. The colonists had strong beliefs that the British did not seem to care about. The English government was unfair and often tyrannical also. The conflicts over trade, taxes, and government representation brought about the revolution that began shaping the United States as it is today. Although there were many economic influences on the American Revolution, these were not the primary causes of it. The colonists believed that the king of England, King George III at the time, was too controlling over the colonies, with tyrannical attitude and laws. This is shown in the Declaration of Independence, declaring the United States free from "absolute Tyranny over the States." To add to this conflict, British forces were attempting to intimidate the colonists into just plainly giving up. The colonist's attitude towards this policy was that it only gave them more cause and justification for violence. The general belief among to colonists was that it was God's will that America and Britain be separated, and God's will was a pretty strong reason and motivation for them. In 1775, the colonists took up arms against the British troops in the colonies. They met at the Battle of Lexington and Concord, the first major battle of the war. With all of these events, the tensions were growing. Although these political conflicts were occurring simultaneously, the economic influences were far greater. The colonists were very strong in believing that much of the taxation imposed on them by Britain was unfair and unreasonable, because it was. The colonists couldn't even afford to pay many of the taxes imposed on
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