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Brett Larose Mrs. Macdonald Section 1130 The British monarchs had a tremendous impact on the way the colonists portrayed themselves. But these monarchs ultimately made too many mistakes, which resulted in rebellion of the Americas. King James II started off on a bad foot with the Dutch by invading New York in order to gain more power. The Dutch resented English rule, and this invasion depicted English rule in a very negative manner. King James II also had a conflict with New Englanders, rejecting the Charter of Liberties, which would have granted New Englanders with basic political rights. King James II also established the Dominion of New England, which appointed royal council throughout many colonies of America. This tied the colonists closer to England, since the main goal of this administration was to centralize authority. After King James II, William and Mary took over rule. They did everything in their power to rake in revenue for England, consequently enforcing the Navigation Acts to an exponential degree. By 1700, royal governments had been established in nearly
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Unformatted text preview: every colony, giving all the power to monarchs since they could veto any law passed by both houses and by the governor. This royal rule lasted until about halfway through the 18 th century, when England started to make crucial mistakes that were very harsh and unfair to the colonists. During this time period, colonists wanted to have basic political rights and basic god-given rights. And because the Royal power made everything very complicated for the colonists, members of representative assemblies grew more skilled at dealing with royal governors and became more protective of their rights. They focused on maintaining their strongest level of power—the right of the lower houses to levy taxes. Although the colonists were able to live under English rule for a long while, they soon became more and more unwilling to cooperate with England’s barbaric practices, paving the way to the American Revolution....
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