The Grievances of the Colonists

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

The main reasons the colonies rebelled against the British rule were that they no longer had reason to fear being conquered by the French, that the British increased their regulation and taxation of the colonies, and that the colonies had outgrown colonial rule.

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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...

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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.

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