American Revolution


Causesof the

Theimposition of the new tax

TheBritish government believed that the American colonists were thegreatest beneficiaries of the war and should pay a heavy price forthat. The parliament present during that period decided to pass lawthat implemented a series of taxes to cater for the expenditures thatwere incurred during the war. The taxes that were imposed on theAmerican colonialists included the 1764 Sugar Act, Stamp Act,Quartering Act, Declaratory Acts, and Townsend Acts. All these taxesencountered a reasonable opposition force from the Americancolonialists who felt that the British government had no authority totax them. They believed that the tax should only have been levied onthe British residents because they are the one who hadrepresentatives in parliament.

TheBoston Massacre and the Tea Party

Thecity of Boston was the most affected by these taxes because shippingwas the most economic activity that took place between the Britainand the American colonies (Woodburn 40). There were frequent attacksfrom the Bostonians to the colonialists and tension was all over thecity. All the Townsend Acts were repealed except for the duty on teaand British government responded by giving monopoly powers to theBritish East India Company on tea. The tea, inside the ship that wasto be offloaded later on was held by the colonialists as a responseto the monopoly power. The colonialists then dressed the AmericanIndians in one night and decided to throw the tea from the ship intothe harbor. More measures were enacted like the Coercive Act and theQuebec Act that were meant to punish the colonies and put them underthe control of the British government.

TheIntolerable Acts

TheBoston Tea Party’s events highly contributed to the forming andimposition of the intolerable acts. The Acts incorporated theQuartering Act, Boston Port Act, the Administration of Justice Act,the Quebec Act, and the Massachusetts Government Act. These Acts weremeant to limit the activities of the colonies, but the Quartering Actwas the worst of all for them as it required them to house theBritish soldiers.

TheFirst Continental Congress

Thiscongress was held to discuss whether Georgia should separate itselffrom Britain because of killing its people and the Intolerable Actsthat it had passed. Suffolk Reserves were passed in Massachusetts inresponse to the Acts. Declaration Rights were sent to the Britainauthorities.

TheBattles of Lexington and Concord

Thecolonies were in for an inevitable battle with the British army.There was gunfire between the colonialists and the British atLexington. The attacks were solely aimed at Colonials however,during the second attack British army suffered the most.

TheSecond Continental Congress

Thiscongress led to the making of the Olive Branch Petition that wasmeant to make peace between the American colonies and the Britishgovernment. The colonies decided to be under the British governmentuntil the Revolutionary War was over. The petition was not attendedto by the King and instead he warned the colonies of direconsequences. The colonies united and a war erupted between thecolonies and Britain.

Resultsof the

The had different outcomes both in America and inthe whole world. To start with, there was a massive global politicaleffect. The new nation brought about the creation of new laws,regulations and policies that were meant to safeguard the interestsof a given nation. The new ideas that may evolve will ensure that thecitizens of a nation enjoy their freedom without distraction from anexternal force. The new nation will become a world leader that willgo to history books for the years to come.

Secondly,the had a role to play in the economy as itboosted and strengthened the overall economy of the nation (Adams20). The small shop workers got a wide range of businessopportunities that helped them contribute positively to the economyof the state. But after the war, there were huge debts for the newnation because it borrowed and invested a lot fighting the war.

Thirdly,the revolution contributed to the social status of England. It showedthat there is no mighty army in the world that cannot be challenged.England had a might army, but it was vulnerable. The armies werealways in attacks from the colonies.

Fourthly,it was expected that there would be a separation of the Britishcolonies to thirteen colonies in general. This never happened as mostpeople expected instead, there was a combination of the thirteencolonies to the original United States of America.

Lastly,the gave way for other countries to fight for afair and equal society against any nation that was interfering withtheir rights. France and Ireland started to fight for the same aswell. There are some French soldiers who were among the colonists inBritain. After witnessing what had happened, they employed therevolutionary ideas and took them to their country where they foughtfor equal rights to all individuals.


Adams,Colleen. Resultsof the : Summarizing Information. New York: RosenCentral,2006. Print.

Woodburn,J.A. Causesof the .Read Books Limited Publishers, 2013.