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Claims against King George III

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The Declaration of Independence states grievances towards King George III as to provide justification for the separation between the colonies and Great Britain. Over half of the Declaration of Independence is a list of discontent towards the tyranny of King George III. King George III did take away rights of the colonists however he was a much easier target than Parliament, which was a much more complex system of government. Additionally, Parliament initially disabled colonists from settling past the Appalachian Mountains along with the laws to come that would stifle their rights, such as the Sugar Act, the Stamp Act, and the Townshend Acts, followed by the Tea Act.

Thomas Jefferson asserts twenty-seven abuses of King George III's tyrannical rule. The first twelve grievances state that instead of a representative government King George has established his direct rule. He keeps troops in the colonies when there is peace. As well as not enabling the colonies to be able to have a legislation nor a righteous judicial service, seeing as the current judges of the time were paid and selected by King George III. The next ten grievances go on to present cases of the colonies inability to "self-rule". Their trade was controlled by Britain, which would levy taxes without colonist consent, and trial by jury was revoked. The last five grievances presented in the Declaration are those presenting cases of how the King abandoned the colonies. He waged war against them, turned many colonists against each other, did not protect them from the Indians, and used only violence in an attempt to prevent separation.

Most acts passed in the colonies were created by Parliament. The first acts were not created to punish the colonies but just as to rule over them and seeing as they were colonies of the British Empire, Britain was fairly strict and wanted to benefit as much as possible. The Sugar Act passed in 1764 by Parliament is a good example of this because it was created to repay...