Compare And Contrast The American Colonialism And Revolutions

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Colonialism and Revolutions Donna Nichols Western Governors University Colonialism and Revolutions The colonization of North America began in 1492, when Europeans from Spain, France, and England began sending people over to establish territories and obtain land and riches for their countries. The new territories would remain under their countries rule and religions and expand their empire. After 3 failed attempts at colonization, England sent 3 more ships to America in 1607 in search of gold. These men were peasants and beggars or men of professions not conducive to early settlement life, like goldsmiths and barbers. They came to America looking for new opportunities of wealth and land ownership not available to them in Europe. They established the colony of Jamestown, Virginia. This attempt at colonization, too, almost failed due to their inexperience and refusal or inability of some to work. Disease from…show more content…
England believed that the colonist should share in the cost of the recent French-Indian war since England maintained troops in America. They imposed the Stamp Act of 1765, where the colonist were to pay extra taxes on every piece of paper they used to include newspapers, deeds, contracts, cards, etc. The colonist felt this was a violation of their rights as Englishman because, in England, taxes could not be imposed without the consent of the people or their representative in Parliament. Since the colonist did not have a representative in Parliament and they did not consent, they felt they could not be taxed, thus the expression, “no taxation without representation”. After the failure of the Stamps Act, Parliament tried taxing other British imports such as sugar, in the Sugar Act, and tea, leading to the Boston Tea Party. In addition to the new taxes Britain was prohibiting new settlements in the west due to the possibilities of conflicts after the war (The Coming Independence,
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