In contrast the patriots had valid reasons for

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In contrast, the Patriots had valid reasons for wanting to part with England. They believed their individual liberties had been violated by the British Crown and that their rights were being taken away after the implementation of various taxes and acts. One of the acts, known as the Quartering Act, forced colonists to provide provisions and shelter to British soldiers. Another law, known as the Boston Harbor Bill, closed the port of Boston following the infamous Tea Party. Furthermore, colonists lacked representation in Parliament. Patriots believed the English Crown was attempting to exert more and more control over their lives and businesses. English acts were passed that regulated colonial trade and gave monopolies to British companies. 1
Loyalist Ideas: We want a strong, unified British Empire. Everyone benefits from that. The national debt is due to the French and Indian War which was fought partly to protect English colonists in North America. Now there is more English land in America to protect. We should help pay. We are British subjects, and we should obey British law. The King and Parliament have the right to tax the colonies and to make laws for the colonies. We cannot pick and choose which laws to obey. We must accept all the laws made by our government. That’s the only way a government can work. The American colonies would be weak and defenseless without Britain. We need Britain’s protection on the seas to be able to trade. If we were without British protection, another country might conquer us.

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