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Was the American Revolution inevitable? American Revolution

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This is an interesting question and a complicated issue, but I think the answer is a resounding "Yes."

By the early 1770's, aside from the well-known grievances like the Stamp Act, England had imposed so many burdens on the colonies--trade restrictions, requirements to quarter troops, manufacturing restrictions--that many people, not just the governing class, began to see that an alliance with England was beginning to do serious harm to economic development in the colonies.

Even before this, during the French and Indian War,...

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