Shortly following the French and Indian War, the American Colonies were issued many taxes and laws, which were passed by Great Britain. The colonists believed that King George III was becoming more of a tyrant, and less like a king of England. These taxes and laws were believed to be very unfair in the eyes of the colonists, causing great conflict between Great Britain and the American Colonists. This conflict would ultimately lead to the American Revolution. The American Revolution was caused by numerous British taxes like the Tea Act, the Intolerable Acts, the Stamp Act, and the Quartering Act, resulting in resistance from the colonists.
The British had control of the thirteen colonies for many years prior to the French and Indian War. After the war Britain took sole possession of the thirteen colonies. The French and Indian War had put Britain in debt so they began taxing the colonists. Britain also began to enforce laws made by the King of England. This led to the phrase "no taxation without representation". The colonists had no other choices but to try and settle their differences with Britain or attempt to break away.
To begin with, the French and Indian War created political changes between Britain and the colonies. After the war, Britain saw they needed to have a stronger relationship with the Native Americans in the colonies (Doc B). The Natives didn’t always have a stable relationship with the British during the war and Britain wanted to ensure the Natives would not become aggressive and attack them. The war and gaining of new land in North America, also showed England
The reasons behind the sudden transition of England and it’s American colonies from allies to enemies is still debated today. When the colonies were first created they had a somewhat dependent relationship with the British. Trade was regulated through the British homeland while the British provided structure for the developing colonies. As salutary neglect came into play, the colonies became more independent in their ways by developing their own governments and laws. After the French and Indian War, the British economy dropped due to war expenses. The passing of the Stamp Act and all the taxes to follow were an attempt to create revenue for the British. This created tension between the colonists and the British government. The British government caused rebellion by trying to tax the colonists in ways that had not previously been done and by trying to control the colonies more closely than it previously had. The colonies were justified in waging war and breaking away from the British due to the unfair tyrant, burdensome taxes, and the aggressive behavior of the British.
The American Colonists were justified to go to war with the British because of the harsh treatment they got. About 12 years after the the French and Indian war the American Colonist found themselves in yet another conflict. After the French and Indian war the British were in major debt. What they did to get themselves out of the debt was start taxing luxury items like tea and glass ect. The Colonist were not happy with this so they decided to boycott all of the taxes. Also the Colonist started the “spinning bee” this was that they did not buy clothes from the british they only made there own. The colonist Put out an Olive branch petition to let bygones be bygones. The British practically ignored this so that set the colonist over the edge and the war began in 1775 at lexington and concord.
America, at the time, was upset with many things. Many of the issues the colonists went through were started by Great Britain, the mother country of America. Great Britain introduced high taxes on significant products including paper, wax, tea, molasses, and other valuable goods. Then came the Boston Massacre, involving quartered English Troops and Boston Colonists. The colonists despised the quartered troops.
The colonists were mad at the king because he forced them to fight in a war they did not want part it. During the war, which we had already been fighting, the king had impressed us into the British army and we were forced to leave behind our families and fight in the war. And when the war was finished, we were forced to pay for the war expenses through internal taxes. The king had not internally taxed us in over a century, so the taxes worsened the crack. In a time of peace, there were standing soldiers kept in the colonies, which lead to the Boston massacre. All these were made okay because of the acts in which Parliament passed. The quartering act forced us to provide housing and supplies to soldiers who began taking away the jobs in the colonies. The Stamp Act forced us to have to pay taxes on everything paper, including cards and dice. The tea act put excessive taxes on tea. All of these taxes were imposed soon after the war, which made the colonists upset. But what upset them even more was that they did not have anybody from the colonies elected into Parliament, making them feel like they were not represented the way they should be. The intolerable acts were also implemented, which threatened their self-government, so they fought back against Britain by creating the Continental Congress. After a few meetings of the Continental Congress, the colonies then decided to unite and declare independence from
Next, the French and Indian war changed the economic relations between the British and the colonies was the taxation Britain started. Due to the French and Indian war Britain was in debt and they wanted the colonists to pay them back for the money they spent in the war protecting them. The colonies didn’t feel that it was right to have to pay them since the mother country should take care of the smaller one. Before the war the
The British knew that they had to control the colonists so they decided to make sort of tax/law to where the colonists could not move west. This law/tax was called the Proclamation of 1763. This made the colonists very angry because had they not just fought a war so they could move west? That was the beginning of the new laws and taxes that Britain would make for the colonists in an attempt to control them.
This is about the American revolution and the taxes the King of England put on the American colonists and how the American colonists thought that King George was a tyrant. The reason that writing this is to show how the American colonists reacted to the Acts that the King put on them. One of the laws was the sugar act of 1764 and the imports from Britain. There was also the stamp act of 1765 that made the colonists real mad . The result of the Tea act was the Boston tea party lead by the Sons of Liberty. The quartering act was the direct cause of the Boston massacre where eleven people were shot and five of them died.
When the colonies wanted to expand west and encountered trouble with the native Americans and the french that were trying to claim the land the British came to their aid. However, war is not cheap. The price of victory, according to Adam Smith's Wealth of Nations was 40 million British pounds. That equals $61,702,000 not adjusted for inflation. Someone had to pay back the debt. The British citizens were understandably upset about it as it caused a tax raise for them and they had nothing to do with it. The British government decided to increase taxes among the colonies to pay for the war and the British soldiers that had to stay to protect the colonies. In the Proclamation of 1763 colonists were prohibited from moving west of the proclamation line for fear of provoking another war that Britain couldn't pay for. This caused the relationship between the colonies and their mother country to become strained.
The first colonists arrived in the early 1600’s. As generations of colonists grew up in the new world they began to think of themselves as Americans rather than English citizens. In this same time period England began to think of the colonists as subjects rather than English citizens. This lack of respect for each other lead to distrust and the feeling of resentment, blaming each other for their troubles. The English blamed the Colonists for the cost of defending Britain’s interests in the new world and protection against invaders. On the other hand, the colonists felt the taxes imposed on them were excessive and used to pay off all of England’s debts, not just the ones rightfully owed for their defense.
The American Revolutionary War was caused by the political disagreements between Great Britain and the American colonies. Most of the Americans initially didn’t want to completely separate from England but wanted to regain the rights that Parliament had taken away from them. England made war unavoidable with its unwillingness to negotiate, heavy taxation of the colonists that violated their rights, and strict trading policies.