Causes of the American Revolution

Causes of the American Revolution

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  • The causes of the American Revolution
  • Background Information 
  • Cause #1
  • What caused the war that made the colonists rebel against the country that was providing for them.
  • Reaction #1
  • In 1754, a war broke out between the French and the British. They were fighting over an area called the Ohio River Valley. This event caused a lot of debt for Britain, and would eventually lead to a Revolution.  
  • Cause #2
  • The Stamp Act- To pay for the cost of the French and Indian war, the British Parliament put a heavy tax on almost all paper items including Legal documents, marriage licenses, newspapers, and even decks of playing cards.  All paper had to have a special stamp.The British believed the colonists should pay for the war since it was fought to defend them.
  • Reaction #2
  • The colonies were very angry with the actions of the British. They believed that they should not have taxes on their heads if they have no representation in Parliament. Lawyers and similar people were especially angry because they used paper items very often.
  • The Intolerable Acts- After the British had gotten sick of the colonists acting up, they passed the Intolerable Acts to punish the colonists for the Boston tea party, put many restrictions on day to day life, and disband all town meetings in Massachusetts. Also, they needed money to pay for the war.
  • After the British had passed the Intolerable acts, The colonial leaders became enraged. They were h ready to go war with Britain.  Since the Intolerable Acts had put great limits on their government, the colonial leaders and the colonists were done with Britain and ready to become their own country.
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