Dutch started regularly trading with the colonies, the crown passed the Navigation Law of 1650, which made it to where only British ships could trade with the colonies. After the Seven Years War, the colonists began to take notice that their lives were being taken advantage of by the crown. The royal veto was a cheap trick that the British used to bypass any law passed by the colonies, and this further supports that the British were using them for English benefit. 2.Due to the Seven Years War, England had an enormous debt. In order to shave off this debt, England looked to the colonies for financial solutions. After the passing of the Sugar Act and the Quartering Act, the most unforgivable tax yet was passed: the stamp tax. Stamps were required on almost every document imaginable, with a tax to go with it. The Prime Minister, George Grenville, felt that the tax was valid because the British had helped with the defense of the colonies against France. The colonists interpreted the passing of the stamp tax as a direct attack on their liberties. The phrase, “No taxation without representation”, was brought into common knowledge. The colonists were successful in their plunders to gain a voice in Parliament to an extent. The Stamp Act
Congress was a meeting between nine colonies that debated how to respond to unfair British taxes. Colonists began to boycott British-imported goods in exchange for colonist-made goods. After the stamp sellers all resigned and the economy in England began to see negative effects due to the colonists' resistance, the Stamp Act was repealed. Looking back on the colonists’ actions against England because of the Stamp Act today, the situation was a success, but at the time, many negative effects were put in place because of bad behavior against the crown. 3.Colonial virtual representation in Parliament meant that representatives from England would speak on behalf of the colonists and their best interests. The colonists would be strongly opposed to this because it is not real representation because no one from the colonies is actually representing their interests and desires. Virtual representation was simply a tactic employed by the British to make it seem like the colonists had representation, while in reality, they had little to no impact on decisions made in Parliament outside of boycotts. 4.The Townshend Tea Tax was a very petty tax implemented by the British because millions of colonists drank tea more than once a day. The act made the colonists bitter and angry, which led to them throwing snowballs at some British soldiers in Boston. The soldiers opened fire, and there were eleven casualties. Paul Revere drew this picture as if it were a slaughter, depicting as “The Boston Massacre.” Because of this, distaste for British occupation in the colonies rose even higher. The tea business in the colonies was monopolized by the East India Trade Company, which was almost bankrupt. In order to save the business, the cost of tea dropped in the colonies, but the colonies interpreted this as a ploy to take advantage of them once again. Around one hundred colonists dressed as
Native Americans threw 342 chests of tea into the Boston Harbor. This led to the
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