You know what will stop the colonists? If we make them angrier.
There was a street riot where patriot mobs threw snowballs, sticks, and stones at a British squad. The command to fire was heard and Private Montgomery shot the first shot of the Boston massacre. Six people were killed, one of them being Crispus Attucks, who was shot first.
Common Sense 1776
Common sense...I'll give that to the people..they need it.
Angered by the tea taxes, colonists dressed as Native Americans and threw 342 crates, which is 90,000 pounds of tea, overboard into Boston Harbor. This lead to the Intolerable Acts, creating more tension between the colonists and British.
Writing of the Declaration of Independence 1776
Let us edit a couple of these words and...cross this whole section out. Good work kinda sorta not plagiarizing Jefferson. This is the 1700s, nobody cares.
In order to punish the colonists for the Boston Tea Party, the British Parliment closed the Boston harbor, added more power of military government, protected British officials from a trial, and allowed British troops to reside in American dwellings. Instead of teaching a lesson, the British ended up agitating the Patriots more.
The Enlightenment and Great Awakening 1730-1740
I may be big (since I am the size of the church), BUT do you know who's bigger?
Thomas Paine wrote "Common Sense" to passionately provoke the Americans to split apart from the British. He describes the corruption within British government and enforces that, "all men are created equal". Thus allowing the people to believe they were being treated with inequality.
The Declaration of Independence was a summary of the colony's reasons to become an independent country. This finalized the severing of ties between them and Great Britain. In addition, the people wanted to fight for their newfound individualism.
Declaration of Independence
*Not to scale
The Enlightenment made people curious, allowing them to skepticize and strive towards individualism. As a result, colonist began to question the British government, desired to be equal, and free to speak. The Great Awakening was the renewal of religious interest and made the colonists believe God was working in their favor, giving them the courage to step forward.