colonial resistance to britain

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Ifrah Imran September 30, 2014

Period 2 Mr. Budris

DBQ: Colonial Resistance To Britain

The number of Patriots from the colonies increased dramatically as several key events added to the hostility between the colonies and their mother country. The colonists had valid grievances against the Britain which lead to certain events causing them to stand up to Great Britain. Through consistent protests the colonists marked the beginning of what is known as the American Revolution today.

As the hostility between the British and colonists increased the grievances from the colonies kept increasing too. The major complain that the colonists had been about taxes. They wanted no taxes since they didn't have a legislator in the parliament. Colonists believed "That the only representative of the people of these colonies, are persons chosen therein by themselves, and that no taxes ever have been, or can be constitutionally imposed on them, but by their respective legislatures" (Doc 2).

Colonists felt that they were being treated unfairly. Another major grievance was the rights of colonists as Englishmen being violated. Colonists believed "That whenever any form of government becomes destructive to these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it…" (Doc 3). The objection of equality led to becoming a justification as to why the colonies need to break from the Great Britain. These grievances led to the American Revolution of 1775.

The events during that time created sharp divisions among the English people and the colonists. Boston Massacre was one of the leading events that lead American colonists to revolt against Britain (Doc 1). It spread a sense of not being protected. Boston Massacre made the colonists realize that they cannot sit back and let British soldiers who are accountable for the death of innocent citizens control them.