Evolution of the American Revolution: Causation to Sovereignty

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Evolution of the American Revolution: Causation to Sovereignty The American Revolution is described as the political uprising of the thirteen British Colonies of North America against the British Empire during the last half of the eighteenth century. Officially, the conflict lasted from 1775, starting with the “shot heard round the world,” to 1783 when the British Government recognized the independence of the colonies as one sovereign nation. The Revolutionary War was preceded by politically, socially, and economically related ideals and events that altogether inspired the unification of the independent colonies and their separation from the British Empire. The key influences of the American Revolution include: the French and Indian War; the Navigation, Currency, Stamp Tax, Declaratory, Townsend Duties, Tea, and Intolerable Acts; as well as the political and religious ideals of the colonists. The revolutionary era for the American Colonies began around 1763 after the British removed the military threat of the French from North America during the French and Indian War, which resulted in substantial economic debt for the British Empire. The debt was due in large part to the British desire for victory, as stated by William Pitt, the acting Prime Minister during the war, “No matter what the cost, our goal is to win.”(Straus Notes. Fall 2008). As a result, the British Government adopted the policy that the colonies should pay an increased proportion, if not all the costs associated with keeping the North American Colonies secure from the French, Indians, and other nearby threats. As a result, Parliament and Prime Minister George Grenville passed the Proclamation of 1763, which stated that settlers were not allowed beyond the Appalachian Mountains as well as stationing ten thousand British soldiers strategically along the Appalachian Mountains. The colonists

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