1762 - 1776, Declaration of Independence

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The Royal Proclamation act of 1763 was one of the first steps in helping organize a new America. Even though it wasn’t Great Britain’s intent to help America get its independence from this act it still was a direct cause of helping America be more organized. This act was implemented after acquisitions Great Britain made after the French and Indian war. This act didn’t allow settlers to settle past the Appalachian Mountains, the purpose being to help organize Great Britain’s new America and help better organize trade and land purchases by settlers. New colonies were formed because of this act including West Florida and East Florida. Overall this act helped lead to a more organized Great Britain’s America, which helped lead to a more organized America, but also lead to many Acts and decisions that eventually led to the writing of the Declaration of Independence.

Great Britain imposed several acts during the middle of the 1760s that angered the colonists, including the Sugar Act of 1764. The Sugar Act lowered the tax on sugar imported from the West Indies. Making it cheaper to pay the tax then to smuggle the sugar in. A Currency act was also implemented during 1764 that banned the creation of paper bills in North America. The British feared that these currencies would devalue their own currency Great Britain’s Parliament also passed the Quartering Act in 1765. This act forced colonists to house and feed any soldiers that didn’t return back to Great Britain if there wasn’t enough room for them at military barracks. 1500 British Troops arrived in New York City in 1766. New York refused to comply with the Quartering Act and did not supply troops with housing. (64)

One of the most upsetting acts that Great Britain passed was the Stamp Act of 1765. The act required stamps to be included on many different items, such as legal papers and documents. This was a direct tax imposed by Great Britain on the American colonists. The Stamp Act Congress then met in New York...
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