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What are the most important events that led to the American Revolution?

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One of the important acts occurred prior to 1775 when different states established legislatures in order to govern themselves as they had protested against rule from Britain without representation.  This led to further desire for self rule and a willingness to stand up against the British crown when troops were sent to force the Americans to submit to British rule.

The so called "American Enlightenment" was also an important factor in preparing the Americans to throw off British rule and it consisted mainly of a philosophical rejection of the oligarchal structure of many European governments and a desire for something different.

After that the Navigation Acts and many other pieces of British legislation served to inflame the tension until war broke out and the revolution was begun forcefully.

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