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In the late 1700s tensions ran high between Britain and the 13 American colonies which led to events such as the Boston Massacre and the Boston Tea Party Britains angry response to these events furthered the indignation of the colonials against the British which ultimately led to the Revolutionary War in the colonies Among the factors for rebellion the resentment of parliamentary taxation restriction of civil liberty British military measures and the legacy of American religious and political ideas One of the many factors of the rebellion was the resentment against parliamentary taxes such as the Stamp Act The Stamp Act was imposed upon the colonies to help pay for war debts incurred by Great Britain after the French and Indian war since it was for the colonies protection the war was waged The Stamp Act was hated in the colonies not because the colonists had to pay the money but mostly because the colonists believed that only their colony legislatures had the authority to levy taxes on the colonists To protest the tax many people boycotted British goods and sometimes tarred and feathered tax collectors The boycott against British goods made a dent in the British economy Pressured by merchants the Parliament reluctantly repealed the tax Although the tax was repealed it made Americans suspicious of Britains motives The Stamp Act was the first major event that affected all colonists unlike the Navigational Acts that affected only a minority of the colonial population The restriction of civil liberties also was a cause of the American Revolution One of the most important acts that restricted the civil liberty of Americans was the Quartering Act This act required the colonists to board British troops and provide them with provisions if necessary The act also required colonial governments to pay for stationing troops in the colonies The act aroused mass discontent because the taxes which colonists paid to the colonial government was used to pay for the
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