Grievances Of The Declaration Of Independence

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The Declaration of Independence was written to declare that America would be free and that it would no longer be under the rule of King George III. The declaration has a total of twenty-seven grievances which are complaints towards the King and the government of Britain. One of the many grievances stated in the declaration is that "He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislature". This whole process began towards the beginning of 1763. After the Seven Years War ended in February 1763, the king did not withdraw the British troops from America. Instead, he left a lot of the troops in America forcing the colonists to house and support them. According to, the troops stayed in America in order to enforce the laws; especially with the new taxes that were about to take place. Although the troops did help by protecting colonists and enforcing the laws, it was unnecessary for them to stay. The colonists knew how to defend themselves so there was really no reason for this. It seemed that the King did this, not just to enforce laws, but also to make them fearful so that they would surrender to him. Although the Kings intentions were to get the colonists to appease to him, that did not happen. This only made the colonists fear that they would lose all their rights and it made them angry with the King. "Jefferson wrote that if the King did indeed have the right to keep standing armies in the colonies during times of
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