What were the "three sparks " that led to tension between the colonists and the British government after the French and Indian War?

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There were several actions that led to tension between the colonists and the British government after the French and Indian War. One was the passage of a series of unpopular tax laws. The colonists believed the passage of the Stamp Act and Townshend Acts were illegal because they taxed the colonists without the colonists having representatives in Parliament who could vote on the proposed taxes. The colonists knew all British citizens had this right. Since they were British citizens and didn’t have representatives in Parliament, they believed these taxes shouldn’t have been applied to them.

A second spark leading to the tension was the Boston Massacre. For the first time, colonists were killed in the growing dispute with the British. For many colonists, this event marking a turning point in the relationship between Britain and the colonists.

The third spark was the Boston Tea Party and the resulting Intolerable Acts. The British believed the actions of the colonists in the Boston Tea Party were totally insubordinate and needed to be punished severely. The colonists believed the Intolerable Acts were way too harsh. They agreed to disobey these laws. At this point, for many colonists there was no turning back. It was only a matter of time before fighting would occur, and independence would be declared.

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