Essay Over The Causes Of The American Revolution

French and Indian War

Also known as the Seven Years War, this war was fought over conflicting territorial claims between the French and British in the Ohio River Valley. The British victory resulted in virtual expulsion of the French in North America, and the rationalization of taxing the Americans to recoup monetary losses.

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Between 1763 and 1775, the British attempted to exert control over the colonies. Since they had become accustomed to their mother country’s salutary neglect, Britain trying to prevent them from flourishing angered the colonists. Although the colonists were determined to separate from Britain, the American Revolution was mainly caused by British “missteps” including taxation, troop placement, and Mercantilism. The colonists did want to separate from Britain because of how unfairly they were being treated, but at heart most of them still felt a strong bond to their home land. Therefore, their resistance was a direct result of Britain’s errors. The colonists set up a Non-importation agreement in order to protest the excessive taxes the…show more content…

In 1765 the Stamp Act mandated the use of stamps on certain types of commercial and legal documents. The purpose of this tax was to raise revenue for the new military force, but the colonists did not want to pay for an army they did not ask for. The Townshend Tea Tax placed an import duty on glass, lead, paper, paint, and tea in 1767. The colonists believed Britain was trying to stifle their growth and slowly take away the freedom they had. One consequence of the tea tax was the Boston Tea Party, which resulted in a loss of profit for Britain. The colonists in America did not believe in the Virtual Representation Prime Minister Grenville claimed they had. If Britain had given the colonists representatives in Parliament it would have appeased them and a huge conflict might not have occurred. The irony was that British representatives could have easily outvoted the Colonial representatives in Parliament. Taxation without representation was one of the main issues that pushed the colonists into fighting against their Mother Country. After the French and Indian War, Britain placed troops throughout the colonies which greatly aggravated the colonists and made them suspicious of the Crown. The Quartering Act required colonists to provide housing for British troops which was uncomfortable for the colonists because they did not want Redcoats in their homes. On

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