What were the main reasons the colonies rebelled against the British rule?

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pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

We can generally say that there were four main causes of the American Revolution.  These causes mostly came into being after the French and Indian War.  It was only after this war that relations between England and the colonies really deteriorated.

The first cause was more of a condition that allowed the revolution to happen.  This was the fact that the British drove France out of North America in the French and Indian War.  This meant that the Americans no longer had to fear being conquered by the French if they became independent.

The second and third causes were tied directly to the actions of the British government.  Both of these came about because the government needed money to defray the costs of the French and Indian War.  First, the British increased their regulation of the American colonies.  They wanted to make sure that the colonists were obeying laws that were meant to help British finances.  This led the British to crack down on the colonists, angering the colonists who had been used to having more freedom.  Second, the British started to tax the colonists more.  The British did this to get money, but they did so without consulting the colonists.  The colonists felt that both of these British actions were infringements on their liberties.

Finally, the revolution came about simply because the colonies had outgrown colonial rule.  Colonial rule becomes harder and harder to impose as the colony becomes bigger and more prosperous.  By 1776, the American colonies had become larger and wealthier and no longer felt the need or the inclination to accept British rule.

All of these factors combined to bring about the revolution.

ik9744 | Student

There were a lot of reasons why the colonist rebelled against the British rules. First of all, all of the acts that was passed by the Parliaments were unjust. Well  the Proclamation act of 1763 was reasonable. If you didn't know that act, it  basically told every colonist that they can't live in the Ohio River Valley. A lot of the people ignored it. The reason they say that they can't live there is because they were in debt from the war. They still had to pay the soldiers, government, etc. Keeping that land meant more money to spend and more troops to protect it. All of the other acts weren't as reasonable because they were being taxed on most of the things that they need. They're being taxed on sugars, documents, products, shipping, and etc. A famous person called James Otis encouraged people to protest by saying,"Taxation without representation is tyranny!" Thus making people protest more and have more excuse to protest leading to the act being withdrawn.  It was also the colonists fault for ignoring the Declaratory Act in 1766 which states that Parliament has supreme authority to govern the colonies. The tea act basically meant trouble from the start. It taxed them on teas and the Parliament won't listen to anything they say. Thus leading to the Boston Tea Party. Throwing away 340+ chest of tea isn't going to help. It was the protesters' fault, they knew that they probably would get punished. The Boston Tea Party lead to the most horrifying act every created, the Intolerable act.

The Intolerable acts closes the port of Boston until the tea was paid for. Meaning no contact and trade from outside world. So eventually they'll die sooner or later. They said they would open the port once all the teas were paid for, but it'll never happen. They banned Committees of Correspondence, so they can't contact other colonies. They still had meetings in private though, so that didn't really bother them. Then they allowed troops to house where ever they want, just like the Writs of Assistance Acts. Lastly it let British officials stand trial in Britain. Thus meaning that the Colonies basically lost everything they have. To be honest I think British had the rights to tax them because they are British citizen on different land. They soon decided that they no longer needed to be under their rule and started the rebellion.

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After the French and Indian War or the Seven Year War. They were in a lot of debt, so they taxed the colonies. The colonies protested in violent ways thus turning into the Boston Tea Party. Making the British mad, they impost the Intolerable act. The colonies lost a lot of rights, and they think they no longer need to be ruled by the British making them rebel.

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rachellopez | Student

There were several reasons why the colonists rebelled. One main reason was taxes that arose after the French and Indian War. These taxes on everyday items, like stamps and tea, is what led to protests against the British.

Another reason was that Britain was limiting the colonists rights, like where the colonists could settle. This made the colonists feel restricted and led to the revolution.