What were some of the logical reasons why the colonists seceded from England?

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There are several reasons why the colonists wanted to be free from English rule. One reason was because the colonists felt England was violating their rights by passing tax laws that affected the colonists. The colonists opposed the Stamp Act and the Townshend Acts because these tax laws were passed and the colonists didn’t have representatives in Parliament that could speak about or vote on these proposed tax laws. One right that all English citizens possess is having representatives who can vote on proposed tax laws. The colonists didn’t have these representatives in Parliament.

Another reason why the colonists wanted to be free was that England passed other laws that were unpopular with the colonists. The Proclamation of 1763 prevented the colonists from moving west of the Appalachian Mountains. The colonists wanted to go here so they could get land. In many places, a person had to own land in order to be able to vote. Thus, the colonists were unhappy with this law. They also didn’t like that they had to provide housing for the soldiers who enforced this unpopular law.

When the British killed five colonists in the Boston Massacre, some colonists believed independence was needed. More people felt that way when the Intolerable Acts were passed to punish the colonists for the Boston Tea Party. When fighting broke out at Lexington and Concord, more and more people were convinced that independence was necessary. There were several reasons why the colonists wanted to be free from English rule.

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