Explain the Divine Right Theory in relation to the treatment of the American colonist.

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Some monarchs believed in and practiced the Divine Right of Kings theory.  This theory states that kings are like G-ds.  Thus, they have the power to do whatever they want, and they don’t have to listen to the concerns of the people they are governing.  While the British had a constitutional monarchy for many years during colonial rule, some of the kings believed that since they were descendants of G-d, they could rule however they wanted.  This often led to conflict with the colonists.  Some of the colonists came to North America for political and religious freedom.  When the kings acted like they could do whatever they wanted, this created resentment and other problems. The colonists want the king to listen to their concerns.  When the king didn’t do this, issues arose.  The Divine Right theory impacted the colonists to some degree.