Causes Of The American Revolution

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The American Revolution began on April 19, 1775. It was the war between Great Britain and its colonies located in the New World. The colonists, as many historians put it, were like children rebelling against the motherland; however, they had many valid reasons for this revolt, including their desire for freedom and independence. My World History textbook says freedom was falsely promised when the colonists had settled (Krull 868). The more direct causes of this widely known rebellion include taxes due to the French and Indian war, the Boston Massacre, the Intolerable Acts, and finally the formation of the First Continental Congress.
Initially, the British were still suffering debts from the previous French and Indian War. Therefore,
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As hostility developed between the Redcoats and the settlers, a massacre occurred in Boston. It killed five men, including Crispus Attucks, an African American sailor ( This horrific accident, now called the Boston Massacre, was started when colonial protesters provocatively threw snowballs and stones at British troops. They later denied this in court. Though destructive, this situation proved useful to both Britain and the colonies, giving them a key piece of propaganda to kick-start the coming war.
Moreover, the next influential occurrence was an array of taxes and acts branded the “Intolerable Acts” by the outraged colonists. Their real name, however, was the Coercive Acts of 1774. This series of laws was passed in response to the Boston Tea Party along with other protests. It consisted of four measures: the Quebec Act, the Massachusetts Government Act, the Justice Act, and the Quartering Act. Most of these were directed towards Boston, where most of the havoc was taking place ( These laws did five major things. The Bostonians were not allowed to use the harbour until the citizens paid the government for the wasted tea and repair of the harbour. Town meetings were forbidden without approval ( British officials were now taken to England for a more lenient trail, and their troops were permitted sanction in abandoned houses and civilian quarters. Lastly, the
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