Why The Colonies Declared Independence

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Why the Colonies Declared Independence For many years the colonists tried unsuccessfully to reach a peaceful and diplomatic solution. They wanted to work out their differences with the British ruling authority. The time finally came when the colonists realized independence was their only option. There were many obstacles and detours along the road to American independence, and along the way many supporters were hesitant to the idea of complete independence. In spite of Great Britain’s effort to maintain control of these colonies, a nation was formed. A widely held opinion amongst many colonists was to receive a better deal from Great Britain. The sons of liberty were one of the most passionate groups opposing all the new taxation and regulation that England was handing down. They were constantly passing around petitions and organizing boycotts. They also were not afraid to use violence if necessary. One event that increased the tension between Great Britain and the colonists was the Stamp act of 1766. The British government did show some form of goodwill by repealing the act, but later passed more measures that the colonies felt were just more backdoor policies aimed at more taxation and government intrusion. ("Organizing Colonial Resistance (Overview)," 2014) Samuel Adams, a colonial activist, began ramping up communication and forming committees. His goal was to encourage unity and cooperation among the various colonies. The main focus of the committees was to help
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