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The American Revolution of 1776 had its factors dating all the way back to the early 1600s and its legacy continues still today Several factors that contributed to the revolt were parliamentary taxation without representation restrictions of the colonists civil liberties the British military measures specifically in Boston and the colonists legacy of religious and governmental freedom A key to the American Revolution was the English Parliament The Parliament had considered the colonies to be subservient and therefore treated them as such The idea was to use the colonies as a method of revenue mainly from taxation Heavy taxes were levied on the colonists alone and this spawned the dissent of the colonists Uprisings protests and demonstrations occurred throughout the colonies in response to these taxes The colonists view was that these taxes were unfair because they were only charged against them and that they had no representation in the Parliament The importance however is centered around the reactions to these taxes The colonists proved their willingness to stand up for them selves started unifying them against the British and the general feelings of being used These reactions were key to the revolution because as Ben Franklin said Unite or Die The taxation helped to unify the colonies and thus helped to begin the Revolutionary War A second key factor of the revolution was the restriction of civl liberties The colonists were not entitled to the same freedoms as an Englishman but they considered themselves English These restrictions such as the Quartering Act and the Writs of Assistance made the colonists think that if the werent being treated as English then why should they be English The Writs of Assistance especially trampled on their previous rights because the homes of colonists were now not only open to troops but they could be searched without a warrant as well Furthermore anyone accused of a crime could very easily not be tried by his peers but rather
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