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Issues that led to the War for Independence

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The American Revolution

THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION

I. RESULTS OF THE FRENCH AND INDIAN WAR

A. DURING THE FRENCH AND INDIAN WAR, AMERICANS BECAME INCREASINGLY AWARE OF HOW DIFFERENT THEY WERE FROM THE BRITISH

B.AMERICANS BECAME INSULTED BY THE WAY THEY WERE TREATED BY BRITISH

c. THEY WERE TREATED AS IF THEY WERE NOT CITIZENS OF ENGLAND

II. ISSUES THAT LED TO THE WAR FOR INDEPENDENCE

A. IN PROTECTING AMERICANS WITH TROOPS AND SHIPS DURING THE FRENCH AND INDIAN WAR, ENGLAND HAD ACCURED A HUGE DEBT

B. ENGLAND THOUGHT IT ONLY FAIR THE AMERICANS PAY THEIR FAIR SHARE

C. TO TOP IT OFF BRITIAN WAS IN THE MIDST OF A SERIOUS DEPRESSION

1. THE SUGAR ACT (MOLASSES ACT) WAS INTENDED TO RAISE MONEY FROM THE COLONIES BY TAXING MOLASSES

2. THE PROCLAMATION OF 1763- PROHIBITED THE SELLING OF LANDS BEYOND THE LINE OF THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER

3. THE STAMP ACT 1765 WAS DESINGED TO RAISE MONEY FOR THE DEFENSE AND SUPPORT OF THE AMERICAN COLONIES

a. IT REQUIRED ALL LEGAL DOCUMENTS AND PRINTED MATERIALS i.e. NEWSPAPERS TO HAVE AN ATTACHED PAPER STAMP, SIMPLY TO SHOW THAT A REQUIRED FEE HAD BEEN PAID.

3. BROUGHT OUTRAGE FROM COLONIST, THEY BEGAN TO BOYCOTT THE STAMPS

4. CLAIMED THAT THEY WERE FREE BORN ENGLISHMEN AND COULD NOT BE TAXED WITHOUT THEIR CONSENT –ENGLAND DIDN’T SEE IT THAT WAY

5. THE STAMP ACT WAS REPEALED IN 1766

A. THE TOWNSHEND ACTS (REVENUE ACT)- LEVIED TAXES ON GLASS, LEAD, PAINT, PAPER AND TEA. THESE ACTS INCREASED REVENUES BUT THE COST WERE GREAT

B. QUARTERING ACT (1765)

1. REQUIRED COLONISTS HOUSE TROOPS IN BARRACKS AND TAVERS –NOT HOMES

2. ALSO REQUIRED TO PROVIDE FOOD, WOOD, ETC…

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