Why did the American Revolution occur? Where did the American Revolution take place? How were the First Nations living in the Great Lakes and Ohio Valley regions affected by the British takeover of...

Why did the American Revolution occur?

Where did the American Revolution take place?

How were the First Nations living in the Great Lakes and Ohio Valley regions affected by the British takeover of New France?

 How were the First Nations living in the Great Lakes and Ohio Valley regions affected by the American Revolution?

Who had good relationships with the First Nations?

Who had bad relationships with the First Nations?

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Enotes policy allows me to answer one question per post. As a result, I will answer your first question.

The American Revolution took place for several reasons. The colonists were upset with British actions after the French and Indian War. With the passage of the Proclamation of 1763, the colonists couldn’t move west of the Appalachian Mountains to claim land Great Britain gained from France. The British also required the colonists to provide housing for the troops who were enforcing this unpopular law.

When the British began passing tax laws to have the colonists help pay for the cost of running the colonies, the colonists were unhappy. The colonists believed the Stamp Act and the Townshend Acts, both tax laws, were illegal since the colonists didn’t have representatives in Parliament who could speak about and vote on the taxes. The colonists began to boycott British goods because of the passage of these laws.

Events became much more serious in the 1770s. During the events of the Boston Massacre, the British killed five colonists. For the first time, a colonial dispute with Great Britain ended in bloodshed. When the colonists dumped tea into Boston Harbor as a result of the Boston Tea Party, the British passed the Intolerable Acts. These laws were designed to punish the colonists, especially those in Massachusetts, for the Boston Tea Party. The colonists refused to obey these laws, and then they formed their own militias. After fighting occurred at Lexington and Concord in April 1775, it was only a matter of time before we would declare independence. That occurred on July 4, 1776, starting the Revolutionary War.

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