Revolutionary War Frq

May 15, 2018

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Analyze the ways in which British imperial policies between 1763 and 1776 intensified resistance to British rule AND their commitment to Republican values. Between 1763 and 1776 Britain exerted policies onto the colonies that intensified the colonies resistance to British rule and their commitment to Republican values. The Proclamation of 1763, the Stamp Act and the Tea Act among other policies contributed towards the colonist’s revolutionary ideas. Following the French and Indian War King George III issued the Proclamation of 1763. It was used to stabilize relations and trade with Native Americans.

However, the colonists viewed it unfair that they weren’t well rewarded after the war. Britain wouldn’t allow colonists to expand west. This angered many colonists and tensions between them and Britain grew. About two years later the Stamp Act was passed by Parliament. It required all printed materials to be produced on stamped paper from London. The British used the revenue to pay for the British troops quartered in North America. The Act met great resistance in the colonies. This was a prime example of taxation without representation because the colonists never sent anyone to parliament.

Protests and demonstrations were led by groups such as the Sons of Liberty. The taxes were never effectively collected due to tax collectors being harassed, but the fact that the colonists were being misrepresented was enough for them to want their freedom. In 1773 Parliament passed the Tea Act to save the British East India Company from collapsing. This act said that only that company could sell tea in North America. Colonists opposed this act similarly to the Stamp Act. Later that year, in Boston, colonists bordered tea ships and dumped the tea cargo overboard, known as the Boston Tea Party.

This led to Parliament’s response with the Intolerable Acts. The colonists viewed these acts as a violation of their God given rights and organized the First Continental Congress in 1774. As the years following the French and Indian War passed by, colonists were less tolerant of British rule. These acts that were passed oppressed the colonists and intensified resistance to British rule. Thomas Paine wrote “Common Sense” and it made the colonists realize that Britain is taking away their rights. This influenced colonists into having a more republican ideology.