Dbq - 1750 to 1776

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During the late 1600’s and early 1700’s things like migration of many immigrants to the colonies in search of economic, religious and political burgeoning and freedom. When they arrived some came to the south, some in the middle and some in the north. When the people landed in the north near MA colony they were out of the charters jurisdiction so they created a temporary gov. like agreement called the Mayflower Compact which in a way was like an attempt to break from the mother country and sort of make their own identity. They colonist started to develop a sense of their identity and unity as Americans as the revolution neared because of British imposed stuff. Along with that each section of colonies, south, middle, and north, all developed their unique individuality because of things like political reforms, economic disruption, various “Acts” and even writing and pieces of literature. They all helped with their development of economic and political identity more than like religious and etc. Many political reforms were put in place because the colonies were still under British jurisdiction and were a part of it. They put in many “Acts” because Britain’s debt was continuously growing and they needed to money to pay it off to the loaners so they imposed a lot of various taxation acts. The Stamp Act of 1765 which required that many printed materials in the colonies be produced on stamped paper produced in London and carrying an embossed revenue stamp. These printed materials were legal documents, magazines, newspapers and many other types of paper used throughout the colonies. Like previous taxes, the stamp tax had to be paid in valid British currency, not in colonial paper money. The purpose of the tax was to help pay for troops stationed in North America after the British victory in the Seven Years' War. The British government felt that the colonies were the primary beneficiaries of this military presence, and should pay at least a portion of the expense....
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