The Grievances of the Colonists

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Why did Americans want independence?

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The Americans wanted independence for many reasons, however the most important one was the fact that the British Parliament and the king were adamant about imposing unreasonable taxes and regulations on the colonists. When the Americans realized that the taxes exist only because the Britons wanted to pay off their...

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The Americans wanted independence for many reasons, however the most important one was the fact that the British Parliament and the king were adamant about imposing unreasonable taxes and regulations on the colonists. When the Americans realized that the taxes exist only because the Britons wanted to pay off their debt from the French-Indian War, they began to rebel.

Despite the numerous taxes, the British government didn’t give any social, economic or political benefits to the American people; they weren’t allowed to vote, and there were no Americans in the British Parliament. In fact, one of the main reasons for the start of the Revolutionary War was the lack of American representation in the British political system and legislation. It is also noteworthy to mention that only a third of the colonists (mainly the elites) wanted independence.

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