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The Road to Independen16 - The American leaders argued that...

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The Road to Independence Rebellion that made a  new  nation TAXATION WITHOUT REPRESENTATION The issue thus drawn centered on the question of representation. The colonists believed  they could not be represented in Parliament unless they actually elected members to the  House of Commons.  But this idea conflicted with the English principle of "virtual  representation," according to which each member of Parliament represented the  interests of the whole country and the empire – even if his electoral base consisted of  only a tiny minority of property owners from a given district.  This theory assumed that  all British subjects shared the same interests as the property owners who elected  members of Parliament.
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Unformatted text preview: The American leaders argued that their only legal relations were with the Crown. It was the king who had agreed to establish colonies beyond the sea and the king who provided them with governments. They asserted that he was equally a king of England and a king of the colonies, but they insisted that the English Parliament had no more right to pass laws for the colonies than any colonial legislature had the right to pass laws for England. In fact, however, their struggle was equally with King George III and Parliament. Factions aligned with the Crown generally controlled Parliament and reflected the kings determination to be a strong monarch....
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This note was uploaded on 12/21/2011 for the course AMH AMH2010 taught by Professor Pietrzak during the Fall '10 term at Broward College.

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