Were American colonists justified in waging war and breaking away from Britain?

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The American colonists were justified in their fight for independence because of the sustained oppression they suffered at the behest of the British administration. The grievances are best captured in the Declaration of Independence, where the Founding Fathers determined the need to establish a government with the consent of the governed. They attempted to amicably communicate and resolve their issues but their efforts were resisted by the King and the British legislature. This left them with no option but to assert their right to revolution leading to the Declaration of Independence. Britain at the time was not willing to relinquish their American territory and allow the establishment of a sovereign state. Due to the stalemate the war was inevitable and resulted in the American Revolution, where the colonists confirmed their intentions by going to war against Britain.