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How the British Empire tried to enforce obedience through Taxation Any historical event with-world changing consequences will always have two sides to the story What most Americans refer to today as the American Revolution is no different As Americans most of us view eighteenth-century England as a tyrannical power across the ocean and see men like George Washington as heroes who fought against the oppressor If history and wars were that simple everyone would understand them and the need for wars would be diminished The truth is England was not as tyrannical to the colonies as one would have thought Actually the rebels had no idea nor any intention of establishing a new and separate government of the people by the people and for the people They only meant to make a statement and attempt to avoid every tax that Parliament could dream up in the process Across the Atlantic Ocean in Englands Parliament some men such as William Pitt and Edmund Burke understood opposition to taxes by the American colonists After all the colonies had been all but ignored by England since they were established in the early part of the seventeenth century up until the Seven-Year War 1756 - 1763 Other men such as George Greenville and Charles Townshend failed to understand the protests against any taxes implemented by Parliament These men felt that this was not only the right of Parliament to demand taxes but also their duty to raise money for the Crown Parliament had the power to demand a tax of every British citizen in the empire and these men had developed their own ideas about how those taxes would be implemented These ideas were expressed through the Revenue Act of 1763 later called the Sugar Act and the Stamp Act of 1765 the Townshend Acts of 1767 and still later a new set of acts that are referred to as the Intolerable Acts of 1774 All of these acts
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