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The question Were the colonists justified in waging war and breaking away from Britain was looked at with much controversy at the time Some people said that the King of Britain had every right to govern the colonies as he pleased and how he pleased Some argued that the King went too far taking too many rights away from the colonists One person who thought that the King was doing the right thing is Thomas Whatley He stated that the American colonists should be willing to pay the extra taxes because Britain spent a lot of money helping to deal with the Americans problem with the native Indians Doc 1 John Dickinson was for breaking away from Britain He said that the Stamp Act which taxed newspapers legal documents and other printed materials in the colonies seemed unconstitutional and destructive to the liberties of these colonies Doc 2 Thomas Paine wanted to break away also He said that he rejected the King after the battles at Lexington and Concord Doc 6 The Second Continental Congress wrote in the Declaration of the Causes and Necessity of Taking up Arms in 1775 that they would rather resist the King by force than to submit to the tyranny of irritated British officials Doc 5 In conclusion there were many opposing viewpoints on whether the colonists were in waging war and breaking away from Britain The people of America were not being treated equal to the people living in Britain It was ultimately decided by the Continental Congress that the King was wrong in thinking that he could do whatever he wanted to do with the colonies
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