The Grievances of the Colonists

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Social Causes Of The American Revolution

What are the social, political, and economic factors that drove the American colony from dependency on Great Britain to independence?

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Some of the social factors simply grew out of the colonies and their inhabitants beginning to lose the ties to their "mother country" as they spent more time and more generations were begun in America that simply had no allegiance, or significantly less allegiance to a King that ruled from thousands of miles away.  The colonists began to think of themselves as Americans and this changed their outlook and led to desires to determine their own political fortunes.

The colonies also grew in their material wealth and as merchants and others gained more resources and influence because of their wealth, the taxation by what they saw as almost a foreign power began to grate on them and they felt it was a great injustice so they began to agitate for "no taxation without representation" since there were not representatives of the colonies in the British Parliament.

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