June 27, 2013
Road to Revolution
The British Empire was one of the strongest and wealthiest Empire in the world during this time period. Britain being the mother country to the American colonies, used nine different parliament (laws) acts from 1763-1775 to control the American colonies. These Acts were cruel and unusual punishments to the American colonies. It was a way the British Empire could flaunt their power to the American colonies and make them feel powerless on another continent. Britain wanted to make sure that they kept the American colonies stuck in a corner, without any way of moving, unless it was when they, the British, said so. This tight control, was very disrespectful and hurtful to the American colonies and it only made the colonies start to resent Britain. The Parliament Acts that were passed from 1763-1775, left the American colonies with two choices to break away from their mother country and become independent or obey the ridiculous Parliament Acts and forever be bullied by the British government. Out of the nine Parliament Acts, I will only discussed four of the Parliament’s Acts to show why the American colonies had no other choice but to say “give me liberty or give me death,” and fight for their independence from Britain.
The Revolutionary war wasn’t started over one big incident, but it was one thing after another that was building up to the enough is just enough, that set the Revolution war in to motion. Just to name a few of the Parliament Acts that help put a strain on the tense relationship of the American colonies and Britain. Like the Sugar Act in 1764, the Stamp Act in 1765, the Tea Act in 1773 and the Prohibitory Act in 1775. These four major Parliament Act is what I will discuss to show the reason the American colonies had to go to war for their independence.
The first act was the Revenue act or best known as the Sugar Act, it was the first law George Grenville, the new prime minister in Britain, enforce to