Declaration Of Independence Research Paper

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Declaration of Independence The colonists were justified when writing and signing the Declaration of Independence because of how the British constantly mistreated the colonists. Some of the mistreatments would include the Boston Massacre, the outrageous taxes/acts, and the Proclamation of 1763. The Proclamation of 1763 was issued by King George III on October 7th, 1763 to ensure that the colonist could not move west past the Appalachian Mountains without permission. This event was one of the firsts after the French and Indian War that truly took effect on the colonists in America, which both led to the taxes/acts and the Boston Massacre. The main purpose of this proclamation was to prevent conflict between the colonists and Native Americans. The acts that came from the Proclamation of 1763 include the American Revenue (Sugar Act) which raised taxes on sugar, molasses, silk, wine, coffee, and indigo - then the Stamp Act - which was the first direct tax, it taxed all printed materials, and lastly the Townshend Acts. The Townshend Acts gave new customs duties on glass, lead, paper, paint and tea. It also gave the custom officials to enter any location to look for evidence of smuggling. All these acts put on a damper on the way the colonists lived. Their day to day lives were very much impacted because…show more content…
The Boston Massacre occurred on the evening of March 5th, 1770, and was a “street fight” between the colonists and two British soldiers and was mostly the buildup of tensions in the American colonies that had been growing since the British troops came to Massachusetts in October 1768 to enforce the tax burden that was brought on by the Townshend Acts. This event gave the colonists more vengeances to find their independence from Britain and paint the British as vicious murderers of innocent
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