Events Leading to the American Revolution

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During the late seventeen hundreds, many tumultuous events

resulted in Colonial opposition to Great Britain. The conditions

of rights of the colonists will slowly be changed as the

constriction of the parliament becomes more and more intolerable.

During the Seven Years' War England was not only alarmed by the

colonists' insistence on trading with the enemy, but also with

Boston merchants hiring James Otis inorder to protest the

legality of the writs of assistance (general search warrants)

used to hunt out smuggled goods. 'let the parliament lay what

burthens they please on us, we must, it is our duty to submit and

patiently bear them, till they will be pleased to relieve

us....'. This is a very strong dictum, that in 1764, the

colonists were of a submissive nature, and were weakly pleading

for self-autonomy. This small fire of anger will become a huge

conflagration as the rights are slowly rescinded.

On October 19, 1765 the Stamp Act Congress and

Parliamentary Taxation committee's passed some laws that

attempted to strengthen the grip of the English crown.

'I.That his Majesty's subjects in these colonies, owe the same

allegiance to the Crown of Great Britain that is owing from his

subjects born within the realm, and all due subordination to

that august body, the Parliament of Great Britain.'

This statement can be used as a summation of the entire document

that the Stamp Act Congress had initiated. The statement depicts

the colonists has having to be submissive and servile in the view

of Great Britain, this policy angered the colonists very much, and

was another component of the transition of the colonists'

rights and liberties.

When the Declatory Act was passed in March of 1766, many

colonies were attempting to claim that they were 'seceding' from


'Whereas several of the...