Dbq 1 Essay

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From 1750 to 1776, the colonists were on the path to a revolution when they didn’t even know it. The English crown passed many acts to increase the anger of the colonists gradually. The colonists believed that they could only be their own if they united for the same idea. By the end of 1776, the colonies realized that now was a time to unite and defend their rights as Americans. For the many years that the colonists have been here, they have seen themselves as 13 different countries, so to speak. In the Pennsylvania Gazette, Benjamin Franklin printed a cartoon with the caption reading “Join, or Die”, (Document A). A mere month after this cartoon was published, the British government summoned an intercolonial congress in Albany, New York. Only seven of the thirteen colonies showed up. Benjamin Franklin was leading the Albany Congress and suggested for colonial home rule and some sort of colonial unity and common defense. The British crown and the individualistic colonies refused to settle with the idea. Although the Albany congress wasn’t very successful, it was a step towards the unification of the colonies. The French and Indian War, along with its European component known as the Seven Years’ War, began in 1756 and lasted until 1763. The French and Indian War was the first time British boots landed on American soil. Although the French lost, Britain still had a massive debt because they offered protection to the colonies. The crown believed that the colonies should have to pay for the protection that the British soldiers provided. Parliament passed the Sugar Act in 1764, the Stamp Act in 1765, the Townshend Acts in 1767, the Tea Act in 1773, and the Intolerable Acts in 1774. The colonists then responded and protested “No Taxation without Representation.” Thus, the colonists assembled the Stamp Act Congress of 1765, which brought delegates from nine colonies.

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