American Revolution

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No matter what it comes down to, the major factor for the cause of the American Revolution was the ignorance of the British. The irritated colonists were hostile towards the supposed 'mother country' of Great Britain as it tried to reconcile with them. Just as a neglected child would have bitter resentment towards its parent once the parent sought action, so were the American colonists. The cause of the American Revolution began when Great Britain stopped paying attention to the colonies, and absorbed into its own affairs, politely 'ignoring' the colonies it started. Everything else that triggered the minds of these revolutionaries was the effect caused by Britain's salutary neglect of the American colonies. When the early settlers came to the newly discovered continent of America, their intentions were rather simple. Beginning from the Pilgrims in Plymouth and the Puritans in the Massachusetts Bay colony, God was the main focus of their colonization.

Both groups were upset of the development of the church of England, and in attempt to purify it, they sought new lives in the colonies. The development of Jamestown in Virginia was a concept similar to the ones used during the 1500s when exploration was promoted: for gold, glory, and God. Georgia was colonized as a buffer zone for the highly cherished Carolinas. For whatever the reasons, each colony flourished and, eventually, the population of all the thirteen increased as the exodus from Great Britain increased, other foreigners seeking freedom of religion or wanting new lives began to come, slave trade became popular, and indentured servants sold their lives to come to the new world. Though the New England, Middle, and South colonies were different in many aspects, they began to develop separately than that of Great Britain. During the climax growth of the colonies, the first...