What Caused The American Revolution Dbq Analysis

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The French and Indian war caused the American Revolution. Great Britain began to pass restrictive measures on the colonies and enforce laws made by the king and parliament to deal with the large debt placed on Great Britain from the war. These new laws and taxes helped unite many colonists in protest against the British Crown. Colonists staged boycotts and engaged in other forms of resistance--these reactions led to increasing tensions between Britain and the colonies and ultimately to the outbreak of war. The first major restriction, placed against the colonists, was the Proclamation Act of 1763, which prohibited the colonists from settling west of the Appalachian Mountains, as seen in document 3. At first the colonist were celebrating…show more content…
In addition, the Sugar Act of 1764 was another severe restriction placed on the colonists, which put a tax rate on sugar at six pence a gallon- a much higher tax rate as before, which almost made the sugar trade unprofitable. This strongly angered merchants who started to protest these acts by smuggling and bribing officials. Furthermore, the Stamp Act of 1765 imposed a tax on all paper used in the colonies. (i.e college diplomas, court documents, land titles, playing cards, and even newspapers.) In response to the Stamp act, the colonists boycotted British goods, such as satins, lace, and ruffles, illustrated in document 6. There were riots, in which protestors turned into mobs and property was damaged. The saying “taxation without representation” was coined in response to the Stamp Act. Afterward, the Quartering Act of 1765 was imposed toward the colonists forcing them to provide food and housing for the soldiers, as suggested in document 4. This required colonial assemblies station British troops stationed in their towns with the purpose of improving living conditions and decreasing the cost to the crown. The colonists felt that the soldiers were invading their privacy as wells as wasting their money on the soldiers. Finally,

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