Colonist sought independence from Britain for a multitude of reasons. Tension quickly began to rise between Britain and its thirteen colonies due to the taxing they believed was unjust and the lack of representation in British Parliament. The British took the colonist’s rights to assemble as well as place unreasonable Acts and Laws that gave Britain complete control and intimidate the colonists. For these reasons alone the colonist were justified in their fight to break away from the British Empire.
The colonists had many grievances, but the most stated and regarded one was the taxation without representation. This meant that Britain represented the colonists in parliament rather than having a person from the colony represent them. Because of that the colonists should not have been taxed because the lack of representation. The British then decided to tax the colonists in any way and for any amount they chose. The Stamp Act and Townshend act were put into place to regulate the trade of the colonists as well as collect taxes from them. This caused uproar in the colonies and one of the many main reasons they decided to break away from Britain.
When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the...
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