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Battle of LexingtonJust outside Boston in the heart of todays suburbs is Lexington Massachusetts the birthplace of the United States independence It is widely believed that a little over two hundred years ago the MinutemenX in this farming community stood their ground against the worlds greatest army and fought for their independence While one could find some truth in this statement it is not entirely accurate The Battle of Lexington was a mistake The battle was not expected or planned and was without strategy It was however the beginning of the American Revolution One can argue that with the Coercive Acts in 1774 the American colonies had been provoked into rebellion Royal authority in the colonies wasin the late eighteenth century non-existent Informal committees of government began to reign as colonist leaders replaced the positions of imperial governors An eighteenth-century Yankee considered his town his primary form of government It was within his town that a colonist controlled that which affected him the hiring of a minister to preach at the town meetinghouse to the location of private property such as slaughterhouses and tanneries Thus when Great Britain began taxing their American colonies in 1764 with the Sugar Act colonists faced their first Parlimentry tax since their existence The English needed to raise taxes in order to offset the bills facing the British Treasury in the wake of the Seven Years War While England saw taxing its provinces without consent as its political right After all colonists were simply Englishmen living abroad The American colonists after years of not facing British taxation policy resisted the levies using the slogan No taxation without representationX as justification The argument that developed was however more than a dispute between rival legislative bodies over jurisdiction in the colonies It became an argument over the fundamental concepts of government Leadership sprouted up in the form of politicians and educated craftsmen Calling themselves Real Whig traditional leaders and centered in Boston
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