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There were many ways in which the colonists protested against British actions between 1763 and 1775. The most important of these were violent protests and economic protests.
Some American protests were violent. These included such things as physical attacks on tax collectors. There was even an incident in which the home of Acting Governor Thomas Hutchinson of Massachusetts was attacked and ransacked by a mob.
Other American protests were more economic in nature. The most important of these was the nonimportation movement. This movement encouraged Americans to refrain from buying British goods because of things like the Stamp Tax. These were quite successful in getting the British to change some of their policies, though of course they did not prevent the war from occurring.
North America and India are noted as some of the oldest British colonies; their status was established in the 1700s and earlier. These colonies employed different tactics to earn their freedom, with some employing violence and others using nonviolent means to achieve their objectives.
Britain had established its rule on most of North America; 13 of these colonies mounted political and violent pressure aimed at rejecting the British authority in what is known as the American Revolution. The revolution began with the rejection of British imposed taxes by the society, this was followed by protests (i.e. Boston Tea Party), and establishment of a parallel American government aimed at strengthening the resistance. The situation precipitated to a full blown civil war, pitting the loyalists and the British on one side, with the patriots and their allies on the other.
In India, the East India Company made up of British aristocrats ruled India from 1757. Violent rebellions were mounted against the Company, but it prevailed until its end during the Indian Revolution in 1858. In the later stages of the resistance, nonviolence was the major form of rebellion against British rule in India.
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