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The American RevolutionThe American War was fought from 1776 to 1778 but the Revolutionoccurred much before the war John Adams best described the revolutionwhen he said But what do we mean by the American Revolution Do we meanthe American war The Revolution was effected before the warcommenced The Revolution was in the minds and hearts of thepeopleThis radical change in the principles opinions sentimentsand affections of the people was the real American RevolutionThus The American Revolution was fought to sustain a economicpolitical and social order In order to understand what The American Revolution was we must firstlook at some of the preexisting conditions of the colonies The economyof Colonial America were divided into three distinct parts New Englandan area where the economy was predominately commerce the South an areawhere cash crops were the major economic order and the middle coloniesa region that was a mix of both With exception of the New Englandarea the economy of the colonies were primarily agrarian The effectof this was a dependency on England for goods that were not available inThe New World This was what the mercantilist economy of Englandwanted By keeping the economy of the colonist primarily agrarianEngland was able to establish a favorable balance of trade of incomingraw materials and outgoing manufactured goods In New England the environment prevented the colonists from having acash crop economy which a mercantilist economy would desire The farmsthat did exist were unwilling or unable to grow a surplus Unable toproduce a cash crop the colonists in New England turned to other meansof making a living They made fishing manufacturing of rum andshipbuilding the major supports of their economy Fishing was the mainbusiness of the New England colonies Thousands of men and hundreds ofships were needed to export the enormous amount of fish caught toEurope This provided a good economic base for these coloniesShipbuilding was also an important support for the economy of NewEngland Approximately one-third of the
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