The colonists protested various British economic policies before the Revolutionary War. After the French and Indian War ended, the colonists did a lot of protesting about various British policies, whether they were economic or political.
The colonists were very loud in their protests about British tax policies and tax laws. The colonists believed the British were violating their rights by passing tax laws such as the Stamp Act and the Townshend Acts without the colonists having representatives in Parliament that could speak about and vote on these proposed taxes. The colonists organized boycotts of British goods until the laws were repealed. In some cases, the colonists began to make their own products, which could have a long-lasting impact on the British merchants. The colonists also organized committees of correspondence to keep people throughout the colonies aware of events that were occurring.
The colonists were also not pleased with the Proclamation of 1763 and the Quartering Act. The Proclamation of 1763 prevented colonists from moving west of the Appalachian Mountains to get land that Great Britain gained from France as a result of the French and Indian War. The Quartering Act required the colonists to provide housing for the soldiers who were enforcing the Proclamation of 1763, which the colonists didn’t support. Some colonists refused to obey the Proclamation of 1763 and went to the western lands.
The colonists protested the Tea Act of 1773. The Tea Act gave the British East India Tea Company a monopoly on the tea trade. It also continued the tax on tea that already was in existence. The colonists responded with the Boston Tea Party. The colonists boarded ships in Boston Harbor and dumped the tea into the harbor. The British responded with the Intolerable Acts, which the colonists refused to obey. In fact, the colonists began to form their own militias after the Intolerable Acts were passed.
The colonists were very vocal in their opposition to British economic policies. The Revolutionary War started in 1776, in part, as a result of these policies and the reaction of the colonists to these policies.