Reasons For The American Revolution Essay, Research Paper
Reasons for the American Revolution
The King of England and Parliament were the direct causes of the
American Revolution, because of their demands on colonists and harsh reactions
after the colonists failure to meet their ridiculous expectations. These demands
were far greater than any loyal American was able to provide.
The taxes placed on Americans were so heinous that the sugar in their
mugs was taxable. Survival while paying these taxes was slim to none. How could
Britain force such severe taxes on the greatest asset of the crown. The Stamp
Act forced the colonies to purchase a stamp with prices of upwards of four
pounds on all legal papers, advertisements, newspapers, calendars, and playing
cards. The colonists politely petitioned Parliament and the King but only to
find they were speaking to a deaf ear.
The Quartering Act was the worst demand placed on colonists. This forced
colonists to provide food and shelter to men who took American jobs and raped
American women. Why should Americans waste their hard earned money on men sent
to enforce the unbearable English demands.
The Currency Act hurt colonists by making paper money, which Americans
had an abundance of, useless and converting them to gold and silver which was
very scarce there.
The American sailors were also subject to hardships brought forth by the
British. They were forced by impressment to join the Royal Navy to fight against
their own brothers.
By placing duties on all imported goods, this raised the prices so much
that all the colonists could afford were smuggled goods. The smugglers were also
hard to get things from because the British had the right to search all ships
How could a loyal hard-working American colonists pledge their
allegiance to a country where the sovereign does not recognize their rights,
their presence in Parliament, and their importance to Great Britain’s survival.