Open Rebellion In Massachusetts

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The king should react to the acts of open rebellion in Massachusetts, and the aftermath, by negotiating representation for them in our parliament. We do not want to reward their bad behavior, however when in an open state of rebellion it is crucial to do all we can to bring peace before things go too far and we are not longer able to benefit from them. The colonies are eager for representation, and do not want to be taxed without it, so by giving power to local legislators and seats in parliament we will be able to keep taxing the colonies. It is in Britain's best interest to stay united with the colonies because we have spent so much money on them. On February 3rd, 1766, Edmund Burke, an irish political theorist, highlighted the impractical nature of being governed without representation by a nation so far away when he said, “Is there a single trait of Resemblance between those few Towns, and a great and growing people spread over a vast quarter of the globe, separated from us by a mighty ocean?”…show more content…
We borrowed money to pay for the Seven Year War, which allowed for control over much of North America, and also rights to the seas for trade, as given by the Treaty of Paris in 1763. This accumulation of debt gave the colonists more land, and access to more goods, therefore it would be fair for the British Government to tax them on goods as a way of reimbursement for their protection. However, it is clear by the acts of rebellion in Massachusetts that the colonists do not see it that way, so it would be useful for the British Government to tax less goods, because then in the long run we would be able to collect more money and over time decrease national

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