Tired of taxes- the REAL story behind 1776.

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Tired of Taxes- the real story behind 1776

"All men have a right to remain in a state of nature as long as they please; and in case of intolerable oppression, civil or religious, to leave the society they belong to, and enter into another."#

Many people believe that the causes of the American Revolution were rooted in their opposition to taxes; however, this is most certainly not true. Many small things accumulatively caused the American Revolution, but the land problem took precedence over the rest. Three main reasons determined why the American colonists revolted in 1776: 1) the mentality that land equals power, 2) the colonies were becoming seriously overpopulated, and 3) a scarcity of land for farming and especially animal grazing occurred. The British Crown tried to damper the colonists' insatiable hunger for more land west of the Appalachian Mountains in a fatal attempt to win the Native Americans friendship, but the cramped and irritated settlers weren't going to stand for it.#

The land west of the Appalachian Mountains had always been a source of conflict, and it worsened during the French and Indian Wars. The assumption that land equaled power, "property I fact, generally confers power,"# was amplified during the wars, and made the struggle for more an even greater feat. The British devised a plan to gain more land in the Appalachian region, but the French soon caught on to their scheme, "However there is not doubt that the English have no justification for such enterprises which have long been no secret; they wish to be in a position to invade,"# and "The restoration of peace has in no wise diverted the English from their constant design to get possession of all the commerce of America."# The French attempted to secure their territory from the...