In contrast, the Patriots had valid reasons for wanting to part with England. They believed theirindividual liberties had been violated by the British Crown and that their rights were being takenaway after the implementation of various taxes and acts. One of the acts, known as theQuartering Act, forced colonists to provide provisions and shelter to British soldiers. Anotherlaw, known as the Boston Harbor Bill, closed the port of Boston following the infamous TeaParty. Furthermore, colonists lacked representation in Parliament. Patriots believed the EnglishCrown was attempting to exert more and more control over their lives and businesses. Englishacts 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 foughtpartly to protect English colonists in North America. Now there is moreEnglish land in America to protect. We should help pay. We are British subjects, and we should obey British law. The King andParliament have the right to tax the colonies and to make laws for thecolonies. We cannot pick and choose which laws to obey. We must acceptall the laws made by our government. That’s the only way a governmentcan work. The American colonies would be weak and defenseless without Britain. Weneed Britain’s protection on the seas to be able to trade. If we were withoutBritish protection, another country might conquer us.