Was the Revolutionary War Revolutionary?
According to Webster Dictionary, evolution is any process of formation or growth that occurs over a long period of time. After the French and Indian War, Patriots felt a need for independence from their mother country –Britain, so the Patriots revolted. The American Revolution began in April of 1775 with the Battle of Lexington and Concord and was terminated in 1783 with the Treaty of Paris. Although some historians consider the Revolutionary War truly revolutionary, it was evolutionary because of circumstances that occurred in the social, economic, and political systems of the colonies over a lingering period of time. Alterations in the societies of the 3 colonies gradually led to the American Revolution. In March of 1770, a group of citizens in Boston were protesting taxes on British goods. After major taunting, confused soldiers began firing gunshots into the crowd killing 11 “innocent” civilians (A). The Bostonians were angered by this event because it happened during a period of escalating tension over the Townshend Acts of which were used to incite animosity against Britain. Another event evolved into the Revolutionary War was the Boston Tea Party of 1773 (B). The British East India Company was overburdened with 17 million pounds of unsold tea, and they decided to lower the tax on tea. Colonist were angered by the lowering of tax because they thought the British were trying to trick them into accepting taxes in general. On December 6, 1773, Bostonians boarded British docked ships loaded with the precious tea and dumped their contents into the Atlantic Ocean. In response, Britain passed the Boston Port Act and other intolerable laws. This act closed the Boston harbor until all damages were paid for. All these events were the building blocks that slowly led to the American Revolution. The economy of the 13 colonies changed before and after the American Revolution. In...
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