What British misjudgments contributed to the growing tensions between Great Britain and the colonists?

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The British made many misjudgments that led to increased tensions with the colonists. One misjudgment was the lack of understanding regarding the importance of land ownership to the colonists. By restricting the ability of the colonists to obtain land gained from France in the French and Indian War with the passage of the Proclamation of 1763, the British showed they didn’t understand the desire of the colonists to own land. Land ownership was very important to the colonists. For example, owning land was often a requirement for being able to vote. It also was a sign of prestige. The lack of British understanding of how much the colonists resented the Proclamation of 1763 can be seen when they required the colonists to provide housing and supplies for British soldiers, with the passage of the Quartering Act, who were enforcing the unpopular Proclamation of 1763.

The British also misunderstood how the colonists felt about their rights as British citizens. One right that British citizens have is that their representatives in Parliament must vote to have new taxes. Since the colonists didn’t have representatives in Parliament, they believed their rights were being violated with the passage of the Stamp Act and the Townshend Acts. Both of these laws created new taxes. The colonists strongly protested these taxes. In some instances, the colonists vowed to avoid importing certain products from Great Britain.

Finally, the British miscalculated the desire of the colonists to be independent. The desire to become independent grew after the British continued to pass harsh laws, such as the Intolerable Acts, and after colonial blood was shed at the Boston Massacre.

The British made several miscalculations regarding the colonists, which eventually led to the colonists declaring independence and the start of the Revolutionary War.

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