The Pros And Cons Of The American Revolution

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In the "old World" Europeans were to set in their ways. With having to form all new traditions and ideals the colonists created a new nation that would clearly one day be dramatically different from England. The Revolution started right when the colonist stepped onto the new world. Mercantilism was the idea that colonies were formed to benefit the mother country this way the mother country would always have control over the colonies. The colonies were to send raw goods to Britain and import finished goods from Britain. This lowered the need for less trade with other countries. In order to regulate the mercantilist system Parliament passed the Navigation law of 1650. Requiring all commerce to be transported by British ships. Also that they first had to land in Britain. Parliament also prohibited the printing of paper money by the colonists. The British crown also had the right to nullify any legislation passed by the colonial assemblies if they messed with the mercantilist system. The colonies benefited from the mercantilist theory through protection using the British Navy, and monopoly of tobacco trade in Britain. The Mercantilist Theory kept the colonists dependent on the British and stopped any economic initiatives that the colonists might start. The Sugar Act, Stamp Act and Townshend Duties placed unfair taxes on the colonist by Britain to pay for war debts. Most of the taxes were to raise funds for the British military. After a while the colonist felt like they were
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