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Politics, economics, and culture combined to create a path to revolution by 1776. All of these factors, over time, contributed to the American Revolution. The colonists were unhappy with the economic policies of the British. These policies were created to benefit Great Britain. The interests of the colonists were not considered. Policies restricting trade angered the colonists. Policies regarding taxes also infuriated the colonists. Some of these economic factors were tied to political factors. The British believed they could do whatever they wanted with their colonies. The colonists believed that as British citizens they had rights that needed to be protected. They disagreed with the writs of assistance (search warrants) and with the passage of tax laws without the colonists having representatives in Parliament to discuss and vote on these laws. They felt these policies and laws were violating their rights. Finally, culture played a role in the revolution because by 1776 many colonists felt their way of life was very different from the British way of life. While they were still British citizens, many colonists really no longer felt they were connected to British ways of life any longer. They believed colonial life was very different than what life was like in Great Britain. Economics, politics, and culture merged together as a strong force leading eventually to revolution in 1776.
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