Were the colonists justified in declaring their independence from Great Britain? Provide reasons.

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Since this is an opinion question, I will share some reasons why the colonists were justified and some reasons why they were not justified in declaring their independence from Great Britain. You can then decide for yourself.

The colonists were justified in declaring their independence from Great Britain. There are several reasons for this. First, the British began to increase their control over the colonists. The Proclamation of 1763 prevented the colonists from going to the lands Great Britain had just received from France as a result of the French and Indian War. The colonists had hoped to move to these new areas so they could claim some of the land Great Britain had received from France. Then, the British required the colonists to provide for the troops who were enforcing the unpopular Proclamation of 1763. This made the colonists even more unhappy.

The British also passed new tax laws. Since the colonists did not have representatives in Parliament that could speak about and vote on...

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