McKenzie HamlinTake home essay #1Hour: 11-11:50 I believe that the main cause of the revolutionary war was a natural emotionfrom the people…greed. The colonies were getting treated differently by GreatBritain vs. the way they thought they should be treated. I will be discussing about theinternal greed of the people. In 1764 when the British imposed new taxes, they had 10,000 troops stationedin North America. The British found themselves into the war about 140 millionpounds. They made steps in the direction to decrease violence between the colonistsand the Indians, therefore would decrease the need for troops. The British alsodecided to up the taxes on the colonists as well as bring upon new ones. They did thisto cover the costs of the troops in North America.(www.historycentral.com/revolt/sugart.html)http://americanhistory.about.com/od/revolutionarywar/a/amer_revolution.htm In 1763 the British issued the proclamation which was intended to protect theIndians from future confliction by the settlers. This proclamation put laws against thetrade of land from the Indians, unless the land was in the name of the British. Thecolonists reaction to the proclamation was just the very opposite of positive. They felt
as if the government was limiting their economic growth; which I believe is exactlythe truth. This goes along with all the greed that was internalized within the acts.(www.historycentral/revolt/sugart.html) I can completely understand why the American colonists felt distraught andmaddened. A year or so later the British passed the “Sugar act”, this put strongenforcement on the tax of molasses, silk, potash and wines. These were key importsof the colonies. The American colonists rebelled very quickly, they smuggled thegoods in without paying the taxes. (www.historycentral/revolt/sugart.html) It looks like to me that all the British are doing is causing confliction and warwith their own selfishness involved. It turns out the sugar act did not bring enough money to support the troops, weknew this if you recall, the colonists smuggled the goods. This just wasn’t enough sotherefore a new act was put in place, the stamp tax. This put tax on every documentand newspaper, pretty much everything used in the colonies was now taxed. I believe this brings taxation without representation; the tax was approvedwith no debate whatsoever. The colonists stated that this was illegal mostly becausethey had not been consulted with this tax.(www.historycentral/revolt/sugart.html) In 1767 the “ongoing need to raise revenue”, as well as show the colonies theyhad “the right to impose taxes.” (www.historycentral/revolt/sugart.html)
The Townshend act was then passed, this act was to place tax on glass, paint,quality paper, wine, these items were not made in the colonies and the British wereaware of this, so it would be difficult for the colonists to smuggle and avoid payingtax. This enraged the colonists as well, that they were pretty much being forced topay for things they felt they had earned. This is where, as I previously stated that thecolonists were not being treated the way they thought theydeserved.(www.historycentral.com./revolt/townshend.html.) In 1770 there was an event that led up to the revolutionary war; we call thisthe Boston Massacre. The British fired and killed three Americans and wounded afew more. This massacre only grew the peoples more enraged and worsened theAmericans opinion on the British. (www.historycentral/revolt/sugart.html) In 1773 just three years after the Boston Massacre the relationship between thecolonists and the British was just recovering. This year introduced the Boston TeaParty. Fifty men ran for the ship and threw 90,000 pounds of Tea into the ocean atthe harbor. (www.historycentral/revolt/sugart.html) These men were enraged because the British had not removed tariffs on thetea when they repealed the Townshend act. It seems like to me that all of this did,was cause more confliction and greed leaded in the direction of the revolutionarywar.
In 1774 the British parliament put the “intolerable acts” into play. This wasdefiantly a reaction to the Boston Tea Party. These “Intolerable acts” consisted ofclosing the port of Boston until they received fair exchanges for the tea that wasdumped. Meetings after meetings took place and the British were not willing tobudge. The British were just full of mistakes they then passed the Quebec act, thislengthened Quebec along the western side of the colonies. This was meant to keepthem from growing off of western growth. (www.historycentral/revolt/sugart.html) Once again out of greed the British did this in hopes that this would forceBoston and the areas near to back down. Obviously this was not the case, these actsbuilt up to eventually bring the American Revolution; the Revolutionary war.(www.historycentral/revolt/sugart.html) This concludes that the internal greed of the people caused them to makedecisions over the series of years that eventually caused the Revolutionary War.