Topics: American Revolution, Thirteen Colonies, United States Declaration of Independence Pages: 2 (664 words) Published: March 19, 2013
In America during 1776, the tension between the American colonists and British Empire had been increasing enormously for a long time. The British ruthlessly taxed the Colonists without even giving them representation in politics. These tensions caused them to be thrown into a revolutionary war. In many respects, the Americans were prompted to rebel as a result of three relatively important factors which were parliamentary taxation, restriction of civil liberties, and British military measures. To start off with, parliamentary taxation was one of the most important factors that contributed to the Americans rebelling in 1776 against the British crown. For England, their purpose of having a colony was to provide for its mother country, according to mercantilism. As a result, the American colonies were restricted economically. After the French and Indian War, Britain was in debt and was determined to pay off the debt by brutally taxing the colonies. They reinforced the ignored Navigation Acts and placed the new Sugar Act which was similar to the Molasses Act that put a tax on rum and molasses imported from West Indies. The colonists felt like their civil liberties were being violated because there were no members in Parliament to represent the colonies. Following those acts, the Americans resented Britain even more when the Currency Act was passed. This Act disregarded the colonies paper money and made the colonists pay in only silver. This caused the American economy to be in chaos. Most likely, the most important and controversial acts were the Stamps Acts which placed a tax on legal documents, almanacs, newspaper, pamphlets, playing cards and dice. The colonists responded with anger and more importantly the non-importation agreement in which they rejected all British goods. In addition, the Americans rebelled due to restriction of civil liberties. These restrictions included no free trade, unlimited search and seizure, destruction...
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