revolutionary War

revolutionary War

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  • There were many reasons why the colonists disliked British rule but one of the major reasons was taxes. These taxes resulted in protests, which ultimately led up to the Revolutionary War which resulted in American independence.
  • Back in 1764...
  • The French and Indian war had been a victory for the British, but it had taken a huge economic toll and the British were trying to find a way to pay for it.
  • We spent all of our money protecting the colonists, so it is only fair that they pay us back.
  • On April 5th, 1764, parliament passed the sugar act in an effort to pay back some of their debts from the French and Indian war. It made the tax threepence per gallon of molasses, which was actually cheaper than the previous tax, but this time they were enforcing it
  • You want me to pay taxes for sugar? But you never collected taxes before, so why should it be any different now?
  • The colonists did not want to pay any new taxes. They thought of the taxes as robbery since they didn't have any representatives in parliament.
  • No taxation without representation!
  • In 1765, parliament passed the Quartering Act. It stated that colonies where troops were station needed to provide them with food and shelter upon request.
  • We are sending troops to protect the colonies so they should supply them and house them.
  • Can we stay for the night?
  • The colonists HATED it but the obeyed it because the consequences were too great.
  • Okay...
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