Causes of the American Revolution.

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The American Revolution changed the history of the United States of America. There were many causes and effects of the American Revolution. It also caused many revolutions also, there was the French Revolution and the Spanish Revolution.

One cause of the American Revolution was the Boston Tea Party. Parliament passed the Tea act (taxing tea),but when the tea began to arrive in November 1773, several colonial port cities refused to let the ships dock in their harbors. On December 16,1773 a group of colonists disguised as Indians boarded three ships in Boston. As a large crowd watched, they broke open every crate on board and threw the tea into the harbor.

Another cause of the American Revolution was the Boston Massacre. On March 5, 1770 an unruly crowd threatened a squad of british soldiers. The soldiers opened fire on the crowd leaving an African American named Crispus Attucks and four other colonists dead or dying in the snow.

The shooting added to an already tense situation.

After the Revolution the 13 colonies were created. George Washington was made president. King George 3rd signed the Treaty of Pans or the Peace Treaty. Many states had to give their claims to the United States.

The American Revolution really took place on two levels. At one level it was a struggle for the power between the American colonists and Great Britain over the question of who would rule them. The winner of this struggle was decided on the battlefield.

The other level on which the Revolution took place was the level of ideas. The colonists were rethinking the proper role of citizens, governments, and the relationship between the two. It was during the Revolution- and the years leading up to it, that Americans learned to demand that Government respect citizen's rights.