What was the American Revolution? The American Revolution was a war between Great Britain and the thirteen British colonies in North America. Beginning in 1650, Great Britain started to control and limit the colonists in America by forcing them to obey to the Navigation Acts. Between 1650 and 1776, many more restrictions were placed on the colonists and they finally unified and protested against their home country. Parliamentary taxation, restriction of civil liberties, and the legacy of colonial political ideas all played a role in the provocation of the American Revolution. So what started it? There are several reasons why the American Revolution started, such as, economic reasons, political reasons, introduction to certain acts, etc.
The first main cause was the Seven Years War. Although called the Seven Years War it really lasted nine, 1754-1763. It was a war between the British and French. Because of this war King George III lost a lot of money due to buying expensive supplies for his army. So, in order to pay off his debt, he enforced taxes on the colonies without their approval and that lead to the Stamp Act.
The American colonists and their dislike of the Stamp Act added to the argument between the colonists and the British government. The Stamp Act of 1765 required the American colonists to apply tax stamps, to all official documents, including deeds, mortgages, newspapers, and pamphlets. The colonists assembled the Stamp Act Congress to protest the act, which they called, “taxation without representation. “ The Stamp Act is often considered one of the main causes of the American Revolution.
Then the Townshend Acts, measures passed by the British Parliament in 1767 was next. The first action was suspension of the New York Assembly penalizing it for not complying with a law, and requiring the colonies to provide suitable housing of British troops in the New World. The second action was called the Revenue Act. It enforced customs duties on colonial...