The Grievances of the Colonists

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What were some types of colonial protest against the British between 1763-1775

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There were many ways the colonists protested against the British between 1763-1775. One way the colonists protested was by disobeying laws. The Proclamation of 1763 prevented the colonists from moving west of the Appalachian Mountains. Some colonists went to this area despite the ban. The colonists also refused to follow the provisions of the Intolerable Acts in 1774.

Colonists protested against British actions by saying the British were violating their rights. The colonists believed the tax laws were illegal because they didn’t have representatives in Parliament who could vote for the Stamp Act and the Townshend Acts. They developed the phrase “No taxation without representation,” and they began to boycott British products until the taxes were removed. After the Townshend Acts were passed, the colonists also began to make their own products.

The colonists formed groups to organize protests and to keep the people throughout the colonies informed of events that were occurring. Groups like the Sons of Liberty and the Daughters of Liberty organized boycotts or made clothing or other products in the colonies so the colonists wouldn’t have to buy them from British merchants. The Sons of Liberty were also responsible for the Boston Tea Party. The committees of correspondence were able to spread news of events that were happening throughout the colonies.

The creation of the First and the Second Continental Congress gave the colonists a group that kind of acted as a form of government. The colonists eventually formed their own militias when events really deteriorated. In April 1775, the colonists and the British fought at the battles of Lexington and Concord. Eventually independence was discussed and declared with the writing and adopting of the Declaration of Independence in 1776.

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North America and India are noted as some of the oldest British colonies; their status was established in the 1700s and earlier. These colonies employed different tactics to earn their freedom, with some employing violence and others using nonviolent means to achieve their objectives.

Britain had established its rule on most of North America; 13 of these colonies mounted political and violent pressure aimed at rejecting the British authority in what is known as the American Revolution. The revolution began with the rejection of British imposed taxes by the society, this was followed by protests (i.e. Boston Tea Party), and establishment of a parallel American government aimed at strengthening the resistance. The situation precipitated to a full blown civil war, pitting the loyalists and the British on one side, with the patriots and their allies on the other.

In India, the East India Company made up of British aristocrats ruled India from 1757. Violent rebellions were mounted against the Company, but it prevailed until its end during the Indian Revolution in 1858. In the later stages of the resistance, nonviolence was the major form of rebellion against British rule in India.

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There were many ways in which the colonists protested against British actions between 1763 and 1775.  The most important of these were violent protests and economic protests.

Some American protests were violent.  These included such things as physical attacks on tax collectors.  There was even an incident in which the home of Acting Governor Thomas Hutchinson of Massachusetts was attacked and ransacked by a mob.

Other American protests were more economic in nature.  The most important of these was the nonimportation movement.  This movement encouraged Americans to refrain from buying British goods because of things like the Stamp Tax.  These were quite successful in getting the British to change some of their policies, though of course they did not prevent the war from occurring.

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