AP US History
26 September 2012
Causes of the American Revolution Essay
Leading up to the American Revolution, there were different types of causes including social, political and economic but the one that overall caused the revolution was the political influences. About twenty years before the outbreak of the war, the French and Indian War took place because of the French presence on the continent, near the settlements. From this, the colonists were rid of the French but the English were then burdened with a massive amount of war debt. In order to pay this off, Britain decided to raise certain taxes and acts in order to increase their revenue. As more and more money was being asked of the colonists, they started to change their opinions of the monarchy. Certain groups like the First Continental Congress started to form in hope of stopping the raising taxes and neglect from Britain. The colonists started to call themselves “Americans” and create a bond that the British soon discovered could not be broken. As the eve of revolution approached, the Americans started to become more independent from Britain causing King George III to try to regain a handle on the colonies, while they kept trying to separate from the monarchy. Like a child being told what not to do, the Americans began to realize that they could control themselves and did not need the mother country telling them how to do so which soon led the start of the American Revolution.
At the end of the French and Indian War, as stated previously, the British faced an immense war debt due to the need to ship supplies and soldiers from Europe because, they believed the colonists did not have the skill needed to fight the French. Although the British were victorious, the debt that they faced soon but them in a horrible situation. Before they assessed the economic problems the country faced, a law was passes, the Proclamation of 1763, that stated the colonists could not settle past...