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Historical Overview on The American Colonies

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The colonist that were established in North America considered themselves to be part of Britain and Britain citizens. After the French and Indian War was over King George III ordered everyone that was living in North America to not settle on the east of the Appalachian Mountains, everyone that had been living on the west of the mountains was forced to move east. Colonist started noticing how bad and unfairly they were being treated and how they were being treated as if they were not part of Britain. “In 1765 Parliament passed the Quartering Act that said the colonist needed to find or pay for lodging for British soldiers stationed in America.” To me, this was the start of the American Revolution because of the ongoing unfairness that was portrayed to the colonist.

There was very little money in America and Britain expected the colonist to help with the war debt. They figured they had the right to tax the colonist and they began passing Acts that forced the colonist to pay taxes. “These taxes included the Stamp Act, passed in 1765, which required the use of special paper bearing is embossed tax stamp for all legal documents.” There were other Acts that Parliament passed, one of the acts that they passed made the colonist so furious and frustrated that they rebelled against the Parliament. This act of rebellion later became known as The Boston Tea Party. The colonist was taxed on all goods that were imported from Britain and most of the colonist believed they should not be charged those taxes since they were not passed by the colonial government. ‘In 1773 some colonist in Boston, Massachusetts demonstrated their frustration by dressing up like Indians, sneaking into ships in the harbor, and dumping imported tea into the water.”

All of these events brought us to the first continental congress meet, where the colonist made a list of complaints they had against the British Parliament. The true cause of the American Revolution was war debt in my opinion. Britain was trying to get rid of their debt and was treating the colonist living in America poorly and making them pay for something they should not pay for. Many people felt that they did not have a voice and most of the colonist were unhappy with the way they were being treated. “In April of 1775, a group of colonists fought against the British army in the Battle of Lexington and Concord.” They then created a continental army made up out of the 13 colonies and the American Revolution began. The American colonies won the war against Britain and became what is known now as the United States of America.

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