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The American Colonies: Achieving Independence From Great Britain

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The American colonies chose to declare independence from Great Britain for many reasons. Britain passed many laws that the colonist did not agree with. The colonist believed they were being taken advantage of and that the British were treating them unfairly. The colonists did not have any representatives in Parliament who could vote on taxes that would affect them, they also had no voice in the British government. The colonist called the first Continental Congress in order to consider resistance towards the British. The resistance was led by Massachusetts, it formed revolutionary government and established militias to resist the increasing British military presence. On April 19, 1775 the British encountered a group of American militiamen at
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