Five reasons American colonists separated from Britain are as follows.
The American colonists were increasingly angry at the burden of taxation that they were required to pay. What made things worse was that they had no political representation at Westminster by way of compensation.
Much of the increased taxation was being used to pay for British troops to be quartered on American soil. This caused widespread resentment, as it was believed that standing armies were instruments of tyranny.
American trade was regularly hampered by insensitive legislation passed by the Westminster Parliament. The Sugar Act, for example, was widely detested, as it restricted the importation of molasses, an essential ingredient in the manufacture of rum, from those parts of the Caribbean not controlled by the British.
Punitive legislation, such as the Intolerance Acts, convinced many American colonists that the British were actively seeking to undermine their cherished liberties. Americans regarded themselves...
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