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American Revolution Paper - GHIST 225 Professor Hannah...

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GHIST 225 September 12, 2007 Professor Hannah Kelley The American Revolution People throughout history have emphasized the importance of freedom. The American colonies began flourishing in 1607, after the Jamestown settlement was founded. 1 Great Britain chose to take part in the trend of worldly exploration, and found the North American as being a perfect place to expand. The European monarchy tried to instill the same laws of their governing system onto the colonies, even though they were across a vast ocean on new territory. The American colonists were angry at Great Britain for trying to control their way of life, taxing them without representation, and taking away natural rights and freedoms, which in end, caused the emergence of the American Revolution. Great Britain, from the beginning of colonization, chose to take part in international affairs and wars. After the Seven Years’ War between the French and the English, Great Britain was left in huge amounts of debt. In order to repay the money owed, Great Britain chose to tax the colonists for various products without giving colonists a choice. The first of the taxes enforced was the Revenue Act, which applied to colonists who imported goods. 2 Along with that Act came many more, including the Stamp Act and Townsend Acts. 3 These tax acts angered colonists. According to a Boston
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