What led the American colonists to revolt against the British?

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There were many factors that led the American colonists to revolt against the British. One factor was that the British were passing laws the colonists didn’t want or like. The Proclamation of 1763 prevented the colonists from moving west of the Appalachian Mountains. The colonists wanted to go there to acquire land. The British were concerned the colonists wouldn’t be safe in this area. When the British passed the Quartering Act, the colonists had to provide housing for soldiers to enforce the unpopular Proclamation of 1763.

Other unpopular laws were the tax laws. The colonists were unhappy with the Stamp Act and the Townshend Acts. These laws placed taxes on various items. The colonists believed these laws violated their rights as British citizens because the colonists didn’t have representatives in Parliament who could vote on these proposed taxes before they became law. This is a basic right British citizens have. This was another factor leading to the Revolutionary War.

As the tensions increased, more serious actions occurred. The Boston Massacre was the first time blood had been shed. After the Boston Tea Party, the British passed the Intolerable Acts. The Intolerable Acts punished the colonists, mainly those in Massachusetts, for the Boston Tea Party. Then fighting occurred at Lexington and Concord. People realized war was near. Eventually the Declaration of Independence was written and adopted. The Revolutionary War began after the Declaration of Independence was issued.