Before The War
Since America's origins, it has been destined for independence. It is hard to argue against the fact that the nation would eventually break off from Britain and become independent, but the question is how it happened when it did? There were a number of reasons for America wanting to claim independence from Great Britain, although the main ideals that started conflict were that American colonists wanted equality to citizens in Britain and, for the most part, Britain looked down on the colonies and viewed America only as a good prospect for trade and their mercantilist Economy.
Since the year 1714, when George I came into power, until about 1750, America was put into salutary neglect, and the British rulers left them to develop mostly on their own for the better prosperity of England. This was Britain's first mistake with the colonies, and because of this American settlers began to develop a feeling of self-sufficiency and developed a culture that, although it had the influence of European culture, was distinctly independent.
When this freedom was challenged by British Authority and they began again to try to take complete control over America, the settlers naturally rebelled.
Another thing that happened during the development of America that greatly affected the people's view was The Enlightenment and Pietism. The Enlightenment brought new ideas such that we could control our own future and God did not control every single part of life. It brought more ideas of human understanding and a revival of science. Where the Enlightenment affected mostly upper-class colonists, Pietism affected the lower class citizens and brought about ideas that emphasized moral behavior and appealed to the heart, not the mind. These movements affected the thinking of people to be more independent and that they could take...