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The American Revolution The colonists in America had enjoyed relative freedom from England since they arrived They came to the New World after all to escape England for whatever reasons they may have had-religious economic or social So when England decided in the eighteenth century that they were going to crack down on the colonies the announcement was not met with open arms In fact rebellion was inevitable Parliament tried to establish power in the New World by issuing a series of laws The passage of these laws undermined the Colonists loyalty to Britain and stirred the Americans to fight for their freedom The colonies also accepted Englands right to monitor trade The change of course in 1767 was what really riled the colonies England began to slowly tighten its imperial grip to avoid a large reaction from the colonists During the Seven Years War the British sent over ten thousand troops to America to handle property problems in the colonies This cost a big amount of money and Britain did not want to see the funds come out of their pocket To handle some of the cost Britain began passing acts to tax the colonists and help with the big debt the empire was in The Sugar Act of 1764 was an example of a tax that had many effects on the Colonial lifestyle The act stated that any foreign export of lumber or skin had to first land in Britain It also raised the price of sugar from the Indies The British took advantage of the colonists when the Quartering Act in 1765 passed Americans were forced to house and feed British soldiers any time they demanded This limited the colonists freedom and only spread more anger throughout the colonies The laws were so regulated it was hard not to make an error The one that brought out the most public opposition was the Stamp Act in 1765
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