Starting in 1765, the Stamp Act was intended by Parliament to provide the funds necessary to keep peace between the American settlers and the Native American population. The Stamp Act was loathed by the American colonists. However, the British government quickly enacted other laws designed to resolve monetary problems. Each act was met with resistance. The Boston Tea Party was the final act of focused rage against a Parliamentary law.
The major areas of disagreement between the American colonists and the British policymakers that developed during the period 1763 to 1776. Great Britain’s victory in the French and Indian War gained new territory west of the Appalachian Mountains for the Empire but at the same time added great debt to the Empire. Great Britain looked for revenue from the American colonists as part of the solution to their growing debt issues. Great Britain’s attempts to gain tax revenue from the American colonists increased tensions between the colonies and Great Britain. From 1763 to 1776, Great Britain formed a series of Acts and was met with considerable resistance by the American colonists.
The money raised from the indirect tax was used to raise revenue for The British Army and Navy. The colonist asked Parliament to repeal the tax; parliament rejected the request for the repeal. This caused irritation instilled in the colonists, which will lead to greater resistance later in colonial history. This also made the colonists want to start a centralized government. The Quartering Act of 1765 greatly intensified colonial resistance to the British.
Likewise, England also tightened its control on the colonies’ economy. Beginning around early 1700s, England embraced an economic theory known as mercantilism, a policy in which the colonies served to benefit the British empire. Although there were already some limitations, such as the Navigation Laws and Molasses Act, placed on the colonies before 1763, they were only loosely enforced during this period of salutary neglect. However, this soon came to an end with the British victory in the French and Indian War as Britain concluded that the colonies should aid in paying off the empire’s debt for half of it incurred from defending the colonists. Consequently, England began imposing taxes in the colonies.
Even after the war was over British troops remained stationed in the North America, resulting in a massive debt (Document F). Britain was in desperate need of additional revenue, so Parliament implemented the Sugar Act. Although the Sugar act’s duties were significantly less than the ones implemented beforehand, this time the British Government intended to enforce it. Some colonial towns responded to the new tax by boycotting certain English products. Shortly after, the Stamp Act was passed through Parliament that required taxed and stamped paper on legal documents, publications, and playing cards.
DBQ: Identity and Unity of the Colonists The American colonist had an exceptionally developed interpretation of their identity and alliance as a whole by the close of the revolution; nevertheless it still took a longer duration of time to acquire the colonial unification as a whole than rather a distinguished identity. The colonies distributed envy towards each other causing a slow procession in unity. The tyranny brought upon the colonist by King Philip gave the enlightened ideas that commenced into the fight for their freedom from Great Britain. The French and Indian War was one of the first steps in stimulating unity. The Americans fought under British’s flag giving them victory towards the France.
Bea Asuncion 1/5/12 Honors US History DBQ 1 The French and Indian War marked a huge turning in history for France, England, and the American colonies. In the past, France had gained control of most of all the American colonies. Before the Seven Years War had started; England’s Prime Minister, William Pitt, was put in charge of winning the war. Pitt had decided that whoever won the colonies won the war. Because of this decision, England changed its fighting style and had neglected their control over the colonies to focus on winning.
Marcus Lopez 1/23/12 U.S. History Timeline of the American Revolution 1754-1763: The French and Indian War: It marked the beginning of conflicts between Great Britain and the American colonists. Because the war was so costly, Parliament decided it had to raise money in the colonies to pay for the part of the 7 Years War that took place in the American colonies (French and Indian War). The result was a crackdown on smuggling in the colonies, collection of custom duties, and the resistance to these measures by the colonies. The conflict about representation in Parliament for the colonies began in earnest 22 March 1765: The Stamp Act: The Stamp Act was passed along with the others to raise money for the wars England was in. This was the final straw for the colonists who were already grumbling and ready to protest the taxes they were paying already.
There were many economic reasons why there was turmoil before the Revolutionary War, which ultimately helped lead to the war. The Navigation Law of 1650 was passed to stop the Dutch shippers from trading with the Americans. The Navigation Law took away most of the trade that the colonists had. The Sugar Act was a tax on the colonists, passed in order to raise money for the war debts that Britain had incurred from the war. The Sugar Act made sugar have a higher price and took away food supplies from the colonists.
This communication helped the colonies in acting together. Word got around that the colonists didn’t want to pay tax on Tea, so they organized a protest. This protest took place all across the colonies. Colonists dressed as Indians and dumped millions of dollars worth of British tea into the Boston Harbor. This was really an epic moment in American history, as John Adams put it, “the most magnificent moment of