They revolted by not allowing British soldiers to come into their homes. This was another factor that led to America creating a centralized government, because the American colonists wanted to create their own laws and policies. The Tea Act of 1773 greatly intensified colonial resistance to the British. The Tea Act was the cause of The Boston Tea Party. The British put a direct tax on tea.
Under the control of England, the colonists experienced their fair share of ups and downs from the year 1750 until 1776. Oppression from the British was an important issue that the colonists felt needed to be addressed with action. By the eve of the Revolution, the colonists had established their own identity which led to them uniting in opposition to the British. It was important that the colonists established an identity for themselves because it set them apart from the controlling Britons. In his notes for speech in parliament on February 3, 1766, Edmund Burke elaborated on how the colonies were too different from the country of Great Britain and that they could not blend in with the mass.
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
In order to avoid fight between the American colonists and Native Americans, Great Britain passed the Proclamation Act of 1763, creating a boundary beyond which colonists could not settle. In 1764 Great Britain passed the Sugar Act of 1764. The Sugar Act strictly enforced the tax on molasses importation, extended the tax to cover “sugar, certain wines, coffee, pimiento, cambric and printed calico”, and increased regulations on lumber and iron exportation. The Act almost caused the colonies rum industry to decline and significantly harmed the colonies economy by reducing their markets and the amount of currency. The Stamp Act of 1765 was another attempt to control the colonies and raise revenue, this time solely to support British troops in the colonies.
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. Britain passed what is known as the Proclamation of 1763, which prohibited settlement in the area beyond the Appalachian Mountains. This was the first time Britain took a stance against westward expansion. Although Britain claimed that the purpose of the land restriction was to avoid further conflicts with the Natives, colonists were left dismayed and angered. Likewise, England also tightened its control on the colonies’ economy.
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.
The American Revolution did not satisfy the colonial goals for civil, political, social, and economic rights; however the Constitution did. All the American Revolution did was drive the British out of America. With the British gone the Americans had the ability to strive for civil, political, social, and economic rights, but the Articles of Confederation became an obstacle in their path to their rightful goals. During the American Revolution the American people wrote a lot about what they wanted to accomplish and attain. In Document A, the Declaration of the Causes and Necessities of Taking Up Arms, it is written that the American people feel they have been wronged by England because their rights are restricted and wish for these basic rights to happiness and such.
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.
The reason that the Stamp Act affected this group of colonist because it placed a tax on printed material. Many political colonial leader was against this act which caused a rivalry between the colonist and Great Britain over the meaning of freedom. Colonists did not have representation in Great Britain Parliament. They had their own colonial legislature that levied taxes, colonists argued that the Parliament had no rights to imposed and raised revenues through regulation of trade. American throughout the colonies cried out against “no taxation without representation,” as a violation of their English liberties.
And while there is a litany of reasons that caused the English colonists in America to start the revolution, there are some that had they been handled differently there may not have been a revolution at all. The three main reasons for the American Revolution were the English economic policy of mercantilism, the French and Indian Wars (Seven Years War), and the feeling of having no control over policies affecting the colonies i.e. “no taxation, without representation”. Firstly, during the late 1600’s the English economic policy of mercantilism (the belief that there was only so much wealth in the world, and that government must defend, and acquire wealth in a militaristic strategy, albeit using tools other than the actual military). This policy led England to view the American Colonies as nothing more than a source of raw materials, and a market for manufactured English goods.