How Did The British Colonists Declare Their Independence

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The decision of the British colonies to declare their Independence from Britain was long in the making and began to escalate directly after the end of the French and Indian War. After signing the Treaty of Paris, Britain was still facing the costly debt of the war and parliament made the decision that the colonists should help pay in the form of a number of taxes. This left the colonists feeling cheated as they failed to hold a single representative seat in Parliament and had no outlet to voice their opinions to the English government. The Sugar, Stamp, and Townshend Duties were all taxes enforced on the British colonists without their say. The issues were only further escalated by events like the Boston Massacre, in which 5 protesting colonists were shot and killed by British Officers, the Boston Tea Party, and the march of British troops on Lexington and Concord. By this …show more content…
To address these problems, The Constitutional Convention was called in 1787. Many important delegates from their respective colonies attended to help revise the failing document and George Washington was invited to head the discussion. Several members saw far more benefit in creating a new government rather than attempting to fix the old one. With this concept in mind, The Constitution was written and revised over a four month period and signed by the members of The Constitutional Convention to be admitted for ratification by the individual colonies. It would take a year of constitutional conventions and a good deal of persuasion on the parts of the Constitutions supports - like Alexander Hamilton - for it to eventually be ratified in June of 1778, officially reestablishing the United States government. George Washington was elected as the obvious first as president in

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