Causes of the Revolution
French and Indian War
Great Britain and France fought for the eastern part of North American. The British won, securing more power and control of the New World. The war resulted in a huge financial loss for Britain.
Proclamation of 1763
In order to prevent further fighting with Native Americans, the British created a proclamation which divided the Native Americans from the colonists. Colonist where unable to expand their land west of the proclamation.
Quartering Act & Stamp Act
The Quartering Act forced colonists to house British soldiers. Soldiers were sent to protect the Proclamation of 1763 and secure obedience from the colonists. Britain sought to recover financial losses from the French and Indian war with the Stamp Act. The Stamp Act taxed all paper goods. As a result, colonists boycotted paper goods and became increasingly frustrated with British rule.
Although the Stamp Act was repealed, the British government still wanted money from the colonists. They enacted the Townshed Act which taxed tea, glass, lead, paints, and paper. This enraged the colonists who boycotted English goods and resulted in violent protests. Colonists would not pay taxes unless they were represented in Parliament.