Cause and Effect 1
One of the causes of the Revolutionary War was the French and Indian War. Great Britain and France fought for power in North America and Europe three different times between 1689 and 1748. In 1754 they started fighting again, this time it was called The French and Indian War. It was called this because the war made Native Americans take sides in the fight. These two countries were fighting for the Ohio River Valley. France wanted to have control of the land because it was their link with their lands in Canada and their settlements by the Mississippi River. The English wanted the land so that they could hunt for furs and take over the successful trade with the Indians. This led up to the Revolutionary War because English settlers from the 13 Colonies were trying to take over the land that belonged to the French, and the French were not going to let that happen. In 1763 Great Britain and France signed the Treaty of Paris which divided the land equally among France and Great Britain.
Cause and Effect 2
Another cause of the Revolutionary War was the Stamp Act. This Act was passed by Britain in 1765. The Stamp Act taxed the colonist on legal documents such as diplomas, wills, marriage papers, newspapers, playing cards, dice, and almanacs. Britain passed this law because they wanted more money. According to this Act you had to have a stamp on all items that you owned that were named in the law to show that you had payed the tax. In Britain they had this Act to raise money, but they had never made American colonists pay anything like this. The colonists didn't like this Act because their elected representatives didn't pass it. The colonist didn't like the Stamp Act so much that they started to boycott, which means that they didn't buy goods from Britain. In 1766 Parliament stopped the Stamp Act, but they made a new law that said that Parliament had the right to raise taxes if they needed to. The Stamp Act led to the Revolutionary War because the colonists didn't think that it was fair for Parliament to tax them. They thought that since they didn't elect representatives to Parliament, Parliament had no right to tax them.
Cause and Effect 3
The Townshend Acts were another reason for the Revolutionary War. In May of 1767 Parliament passed a new act, it was called the Townshend Acts. The Townshend Acts taxed the colonist for things such as lead, tea, glass, plain, and paper. This Act was passed because they had to repeal Stamp Act, and they needed another way to make money. The tax was not very much but the colonist were still furious. It also allowed customs officials to go through a ship's goods for no reason. The colonist did not like this because they thought that it violated their rights as British citizens, and under British law an official couldn't go through someones property without a good reason. Parliament also passed the Townshend Acts with no representation from the colonies. Which they didn't like because they had not talked to them about this Act. Once again the colonist boycotted the British goods that were taxed by the Townshend Acts. Some of the colonist also formed groups called the Sons of Liberty, and the Daughters of Liberty to protest the British police. The Sons of Liberty dressed up dummies like British and hung them from trees to try to scare the British. The Daughters of Liberty signed petitions, paraded, and organized a boycott of British cloth. The Townshend Acts led to the American Revolution because the colonist did not like being taxed for things that Britain didn't even talk to one of the colonies representatives about.
Cause and Effect 4
The Quartering Act also led to the Revolutionary War. The Quartering Act stated that the colonist had to provide candles, bedding, housing, beverage, and anything else to the soldiers. Britain made this Act to raise money for themselves. There were lots of soldiers coming over to the colonies because the colonists were protesting about the taxes. These soldiers were there to protect the customs officials. On March 5, 1770 a group of angry colonists met outside the Boston customs house. The group started to throw snow and ice at the British guards. When the group became louder the soldiers panicked and fired into the group. Five people were killed that night. The Quartering Act led up to the Revolutionary War because the colonist didn't think that it was fair that they had to provide everything that the soldiers would need while they were in the colonies. If they had to provide everything that they needed then they would go poor and not have anything left for themselves. The colonist thought that it was very unfair to put them in charge of the soldiers needs.
Cause and Effect 5
The Tea Act was a very big reason for the Revolutionary War, because Britain made the colonist pay tax on their favorite beverage. The Tea Act said that the colonist must pay a tax for their tea. Britain passed this Act because the British East India Company was in financial trouble and Britain wanted to help them by making the colonist only buy the British East India Company's tea. The colonist boycotted the Act once again and instead of buying the tea from Britain the Daughters of Liberty made their own tea for the colonist. The Daughters of Liberty's tea was made with raspberry leaves. The Sons of Liberty didn't allow the ships that carried the tea to unload it. Since the Colonist were not buying the tea more than 15 million pounds of tea was kept in British warehouses. One night after three ships had entered the Boston Harbor loaded with tea the Sons of Liberty got together and went to the harbor and dumped all of the tea into the water. This was called the Boston Tea Party. After the Boston Tea party Parliament shut down the Harbor until all of the tea was paid for. The colonist were very upset about the Tea Act and that is why they dumped the tea into the Boston Harbor.
Patriots and Loyalists
There are many different characteristics of Patriots and Loyalist. The Patriots do not like Britain very much, and do not import things from Great Britain. The Patriots would rather make things themselves or buy within the colonies than buy from Britain. The Loyalist are in favor of the crown, and get everything that they need from Britain. The Patriots and Loyalists do not get along very well. When the Loyalists tried to collect taxes for Great Britain the Patriots rebel and don't pay the taxes, and sometimes they even got into fights with them. The Patriots and the Loyalists are different in many ways, but they do both come from Britain.
I believe that many things led to the colonist wanting to start a revolution. I think that all of the new taxes that the colonist were having to pay were making them dislike Great Britain even more. I also think that the French and Indian War led to the colonist wanting to start a revolution because the French and Indian War forced the colonist to pick sides in the war. The colonist wanted to be their own independent country and they didn't want to have to follow all of Britain's rules and pay all of their taxes. These are some of the reasons that the colonist wanted to start a revolution.
The colonist worked together to overcome perceived injustice by fighting for what they believed in. The colonist fought for what they believed in because they thought that what they were fighting for was the right thing. The colonist didn't believe that it was fair for them to have to pay taxes that they didn't have a say in. They felt so strongly about this that they didn't pay the taxes, instead they boycotted British goods and made the things that they needed.
Conflicts with Great Britain during colonial times impacted our lives today because if the colonist hadn't fought for what they believed in, and hadn't became their own country we wouldn't be here today. Since the colonist fought for their freedom in the colonial times we are able to be free today. That is how conflicts with Great Britain impacted our lives today.
I think that the American Revolution was justified because if that war had not happened than the colonist wouldn't have broken away from Great Britain, and would not have gained their freedom. They fought to break away and to form their own country so that they could govern themselves. If the American Revolution had not happened we might still be part of Great Britain, and still be following their rules and laws today.