Essay on The American Of The Revolutionary War

1184 Words Oct 30th, 2015 null Page
By the 18th century, it was obvious that the American colonies had grown very different, and fiercely independent, from its parent country of Great Britain. Colonial American culture was viewed by its European counterparts as being considerably less refined: A culture without a clearly defined class system that embraced democracy (Schweikart & Allen, 2004). This independent spirit had, no doubt, developed out of necessity; while officially a British colony, Parliamentary laws and edicts were rarely, if ever, enforced. This lack of enforcement led to a widely self-governed population. For decades, the American colonies had enjoyed the benign neglect of British rule, routinely ignoring the Navigation Acts of the 1660s, and economically benefiting from not paying the taxes that these Acts demanded (Cavendish, Marshall, 2008). The Americans, whether right or wrong in their complete lack of adherence to British law, had over the years grown accustomed to their freedom. There is no one event that led to the beginning of the Revolutionary War and subsequently, the writing of the Declaration of Independence. It was a series of increasingly coercive laws enacted by Parliament that tightened the grip on these colonies that had previously been ruled with a much lighter hand. The ascension to the British throne by George III in 1760 was the catalyst in creating growing discontent and further desire for independence from Britain (Malone, 1954). Now, King George had inherited an…

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