Economic And Political Reasons For The American Revolution

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Essay#1 – Revolutionary war There were many reasons for the American Revolution. Two of them were the economic and political changes that the colonies were going through. Only the southern colonies were bound to England by the tobacco trade and the New England and Middle Colonies, unable to find markets in Britain. The cause of the revolutionary war was definitely economic. The British throne, trying to pay off it's war debts and for the cost of protecting the colonists from local Native Americans, decided to impose taxes on the American colonists. There was the Revenue Act of 1764 (known to the US as the Sugar Act) that taxed sugar, silks, and wine, the Stamp Tax (imposed later because the Revenue Act did not bring in enough money) which taxed local papers and print services. The…show more content…
Americans could not compete with English manufacturers in large-scale manufacturing. The system was based upon the accumulation of gold and silver, collecting natural or raw materials, denial of any colonial manufacturing, and restricting colonial trade with any other nation other than the mother country. The Navigation Acts were a series of laws which established a framework for this economic system between great Britain and her colonies. Most of these acts promoted the mercantilist policies and in addition restricted shipping policies. Many factors influences the American rebellion 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 English government was unfair and often tyrannical. The conflicts over trade, taxes, and government representation brought about the revolution that began shaping the United States as it is
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