The defeated of the French and their Native American allies, by the British, in North America.
The colonists rejoiced with the British victory, because they could now live in peace.
However, as time past and the cost of the war were being charged to the colonies, the colonial thirteen began to feel enmity towards England.
The Americans became unified and severed their bonds with Great Britain.
This separation was inevitable, as Thomas Paine, the great American philosopher said in his most famous essay, it was only “Common Sense” for the 13 colonies of America to declare their independence from the Empire of Great Britain. Thomas Paine’s “Common Sense” was soon published in January 1776.
In it, Paine asked the question of why a huge landmass like North America be ruled by such a small country like England.
Paine had witnessed the battle of Lexington and Concord back in April of 1775, and although he was a peaceful man, he deserted the crown, and encouraged his fellow Americans to do so as well. “We are not yet recovered from a War undertaken solely for their protection.
they should contribute to the Preservation of the advantages they have received.” Thomas Whately wrote the above statement to explain why Britain was taxing the American colonists.
The French and Indian War was fought over the land in North America.
The thirteen colonies were an investment to Britain.
The French and Indian War was fought over capital, not to protect the local colonists.
After all, the people who were sent to the Americas were outcasts, banished because of religious differences.
So how could Britain be justified in taxing the Americans if they didn’t care about them? Great Britain had the right to tax her colonies, and regulate their trade.
Even thought the colonies in America, were being taxed to gain revenue.
“The Townshend Acts claim the authority to impose duties on these colonies, not for the regulation of trade, but for the single purpose of levying money on us.” The Townshend Acts- John Dickinson.The only point of the Townshend Acts was to make a profit for Britain off her American colonies.
This money wasn’t going back across the Atlantic to help the colonists become more self-sufficient, instead it was probably going directly into the pockets of parliament and King George III.
Why shouldn’t the colonies revolt if they were being taxed unreasonably? North America’s eastern seaboard was part of the Britian in 1770, therefore the job of protecting the colonies was that of England’s red coated soldiers.
On March 5, 1770 these soldiers opened fire on the colonists, the people they were being paid to protect.
This was the Boston Massacre.
Should a colony stay aligned with a nation if the soldiers who were sworn to protect it, open fire on the local civilians? After the Boston Massacre and the Townshend Acts, the people of the colonies began to revolt against Britain as they struggled for a way to gain their independence.
The “Declaration of the Causes and Necessity of Taking up Armsî issued by the Continental Congress July 5, 1775, and “The Declaration of Independence” written a day of a year later were examples of the rebellion the colonists had toward th Crown.
People boycotted British goods like tea, which was considered a necessity at the time.
Americans, like the British today, drank tea at least twice a day learned to live without it.
The Americans took up arms against the Crown for independence, and declared their cause to the king in a document whose distinction has never been matched.
Knowing that the colonists of North America had to withdraw from the Empire of Great Britain, Paine urged his fellow colonists to unite and fight for independence.
Paine’s “Common Sense” was a convincing article, but it was definitely not the only cause of the Revolutionary War.
The colonists were being taxed unreasonably to pay for the French and Indian War, which was fought for the capital, and the British soldiers who were paid to protect the colonists opened fire against them, after being pelted with snowballs during the Boston Massacre.
The colonists understood that a revolution would be the only way for Britain’s rule over them to finally end.
Therefore, it made perfect sense to break away from Great Britain.