The History of America Essay

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The History of America

Although Britain's North American colonies had enjoyed considerable prosperity during the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries, beginning with the Stamp Act in 1765 the British government began to put pressures on them, largely in the form of taxes and new trade restrictions, that increasingly drew resistance. One big reason that the loyal British citizens in North America were transformed into rebels is because of the taxes. It was not the prices of the tax, because Britain had one of the lowest taxes in the world at that time, it was the fact that Parliament had so much representation over them. The British Empire was a mercantile market. They wanted to control everything that was going on in the
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In early March 1770, on off-duty soldier walked into a ropewalk in search of a job. The proprietor told him using an obscenity-that he could clean the outhouse. The soldier left but returned with his friends, and a small riot began. On March the 5th a group of colonials gathered around the Customs House and began taunting the soldiers, throwing rocks and snowballs at the soldiers, and without warning they began to shoot into the crowd, and became what we know today as the "Boston Massacre." These are just some of the reasons that added up during this vulnerable time in our countries history that led to the "loyal British citizens in North America being transformed into rebels." I cannot relate to what happened to them in those days but I can understand why they pursued so persistently for their independence from the "Mother Country." I think a good place to start would be the population and economic growth of North America prior to 1760. This would be a good place to start seeing that the modern day is vastly made up of these two characteristics. In the colonial days the regions of North America experienced an unprecedented growth in the eighteenth century. "Our people must at least be doubled every twenty years," wrote Benjamin Franklin. In 1700 there were 290,000 colonists North of Mexico; fifty years later they had grown to approximately 1.3 million, an average growth rate of about 3 percent. This is an important time in our countries history because good amounts of…