Causes of the American Revolution
With frustrations and tensions mounting the British sent in troops to instill order,
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Hello, I'm Milo for About.com and today we're talking about the causes of the American Revolution. Many legends surround the time that lead to the Revolutionary War some existent already at the time. While many factors contributed to the final action of open hostilities from economy to notions of governance created by the enlightenment, here are a few specific events that marked the path to war: 1763 - The French and Indian War, while won by Britain put the empire in deep debt. This caused them to seek more revenue via taxes from the colonies. 1764 - The Sugar and Currency Acts were further attempts to control the colonies financially and raise money. 1765 - The Stamp Act was passed by Parliament to directly tax specific basic transactions and licenses on their printed documents and other goods like newspapers. 1767 - The Townshend Act was designed to raise taxes on basic, highly demanded goods coming from Britain. With frustrations and tensions mounting the British sent in troops to instill order, a move that backfired. 1768 - The Boston Massacre occurred when a confrontation between a mob of colonists and a British sentry escalated to shots being fired into the crowd by reinforcements. 1773 - The Tea Act gave the British East India Company the monopoly on trading tea with the colonies which lead to the famous Boston Tea Party. 1774 - The Intolerable Acts were a collection of acts that in all were a clumsy attempt by the British to quell the growing resistance in the Colonies. They included an act ordering colonists to house and feed British soldiers when demanded to, an act that put huge amounts of power in the royal governors that also forbade town-hall meetings, and other heavy handed laws. The colonists responded by forming the First Continental Congress to coordinate actions. 1775 - In April open hostilities broke out when the British attacked Lexington and Concord. In May the Second Continental Congress met with all colonies represented. And in August, King George the third proclaimed the colonies in rebellion.Almost a year later, on July 4th, 1776, the Continental Congress signed the Declaration of Independence. For more excellent, insightful, and interesting information on American history check us out at About.com.