What are some key events that lead up to the American Revolution?

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The key events that led the American colonies on the road to revolution began with the changes in colonial relations with Great Britain after the French and Indian War (1754-1763) Britain had won the war against the French, however it left England bankrupted. Prior to the war England had little influence over the political and to some extent economic lives of her colonies. As long as the mercantilistic polices between the colonies and the mother country went undisturbed England was satisfied. However, with an empty piggy bank the king and Parliament began to impose new regulations on the colonies which affected both the economic as well as the political lives of the colonists. The Navigation Act, Writs of Assistance, Proclamation of 1763, Sugar Act, Stamp Act, Quartering Act, and Townshend Acts were imposed upon the colonists without their consent and thus were considered tyrannical actions by many of the colonists. Although by the 1770's the colonies had developed an 'American' mindset they understood that they were still British subjects and as British subjects were entitled to the same rights as the subjects living in Great Britain. These rights included representation in the Parliamentary process, the rights guaranteed to them under Magna Carta and the English Bill of Rights. By 1774 it was clear that any colonial attempt at compromise was doomed to failure. This combined with the 'Boston Tea Party, the Boston Massacre, Thomas Paine's Common Sense, and the decision to draft a 'Declaration of Independence' at the Second Continential Congress ultimately led the to the American Revolution.

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