Depending on how one looks at it, it may be stated that a series of miscommunications ultimately caused the American Revolution. In general, when Parliament passed an act, tax, or law, it was to fix a problem they felt was detrimental to the colonies. The colonists, however, perceiving these policies as a deliberate attempt to repress colonial growth and gain wealth at the expense of the colonies, often misinterpreted them. These misunderstandings, such as the Proclamation of 1763, further alienated the colonists from their mother country, and along with obstinate resistance from Britain towards addressing colonial concerns, led to the consequent revolution. Although the colonists sustained a connection to Britain for more than a decade after the British victory in the French and Indian War, the strategies Parliament implemented to strengthen their hold on the colonies and pay off war debts, as well as their provincial views towards the colonists, primed the American colonies for independence as relations between Britain and its colonies began to sour.
This was because for year they where use to being on their own and Britain taking no interest in what they do. Also they are so use to being left to their own devices. With this the American colonies are being made to pay much more tax, this as I said is not liked as the British are making huge changes all of a sudden. The American colonies thought that the British where making their lives much harder that it was already. Some of the measures that the British government brought in might have over stepped the boundaries and this will also upset the colonist.
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
Revolutionary Americans resented the economic restrictions, finding them exploitative. They claimed the policy restricted colonial trade and industry and raised the cost of many consumer goods. In his 1774 pamphlet, "A Summary View of the Rights of British America, " Thomas Jefferson asserted the Navigation Acts had infringed upon the colonists' freedom in preventing the "exercise of free trade with all parts of the world, possessed by the American colonists, as of natural right." Yet, as O. M. Dickerson points out, it is difficult to find opposition to the mercantile system among the colonists when the measures were purely regulatory and did not levy a tax on them. The British mercantile system did after all allow for colonial monopoly over certain markets such as tobacco, and not only encouraged, but with its 1660 regulation was instrumental in, the development of colonial shipbuilding.
America’s decision to declare independence form Great Britain was both due the change of economic policies and to the development of refining life and liberty. After driving the French out, with help from the Indians and British troops, colonist began to quarrel with Parliament’s insistence of testing the limits of their power in North America. Their control was made difficult when residents decided to smuggle and boycott goods. Eventually, the colonies resistance and loss of patience would lead them directly to independence. The Proclamation of 1763 was the first to anger the colonist.
This conflict is embodied in one of the rallying cries of the American Revolution: “No Taxation Without Representation.” And similar to such a cry, is the statement, “The demand for no taxation without representation was the primary force motivating the American Revolutionary movement, and for many it became a symbol of democracy;” ultimately saying that the American Revolution, as well as the colonist’s rage towards Britain, grew out of increasing, continuous restrictions placed upon the colonies by the British. The British had full power over the thirteen colonies until 1776, when the colonists formally declared their independence. But until then, the colonists felt that they were being taken advantage of economically, as well as politically. Despite the protection and opportunity that Great Britain provided, the colonists felt they were abusing their powers by creating unfair tax laws and regulations. Great Britain had one of the most powerful empires in the world.
Conciliation with America Craig Wells Excelsior College Abstract As the colonies were separating themselves from the rule of tyranny and the Parliament authority, a few members of the House of Commons were striving for reconciliation with the American colonists. Taxes were being levied without the consent of the colonies and hostilities increased driving us towards war. Some members of Parliament criticized England of poor government and corruption and worked to negate a conflict with the colonies. A great new land was about to be born and instead of letting this new country develop and help provide for the greater of the English empire, the crown held it down with the chains of oppression. Edmund Burke Edmund Burke was born on 12 January 1729 in Dublin Ireland.
This fosters the fragmentation of society: communities fall apart, there are land disputes left and right, and seeing all of this, Britain begins to take firm control of its empire, passing the Proclamation of 1763. Among of this turmoil, the frontiersmen begin to feel misrepresented in the government. All this agitation breaks out in the delegitimization of the colonial authority, causing everyone to point fingers at Parliament, and more easily, King George III. However, British officials did, or could do, very little to ease the stress present. Another core cause examined is economic expansion.
Yet in 1775, the American Colonies rebelled against British authority. The dramatic turnabout resulted from disagreements over the proper relationship between Britain and its colonies. Britain expected the colonists to obey the British Parliament “in call cases whatsoever.” The colonists, on the other hand, believed that there were limits to Parliament’s power. They believed they had certain rights that Britain should respect. Each side refused to yield, which led to a military showdown.
Another main cause of the revolution and a fuel to the already burning fire was unfair taxation by the government in both nations. In America, the acts of parliament were taxing the colonies and interfering with America's trade and not allowing them to grow or prosper as a nation. Taxation without representation was tyranny. They felt that they should be taxed only by their own assemblies, made up of their own representatives. France on the other hand, was in constant financial difficulties.