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The American Revolution is unarguably an event that strongly influenced the making of human society today. As a result from the Revolution, a new, powerful, and unique country was formed: the United States of America. Canada’s existence and Britain’s power today also was defined through the results of the Revolution.

Like all great revolutions, the American Revolution did not occur suddenly on one day; the ideas of revolution took years to develop and another eight years of war to establish. A major revolution does not occur randomly as well; there must be something to spark revolution in the minds of the people. In the American Revolution, some of the colonists were unhappy with their current lifestyle. Revolutionary ideas, the concept of being independant and other ideas from the Enlightenment thinkers, were being passed around and propagandized, which added fuel to the advocate thoughts in the colonists. Finally, because the British did nothing to cooperate with the colonists, and instead, upset them further. The colonists saw no reason to continue living the way they did and a revolution was soon underway…


People generally want change when their quality of life worsens, and the American colonists are no different. They didn't like the fact that people that lived on an island, could control and dictate their desires, without any representation for the Americans.

The colonists’ quality of life first worsened with the Proclamation Act of 1763, when the British gave the land the colonists had fought for (the Ohio Valley) to the First Nations. This upset the colonists because they felt they had fought for and earned the Ohio Valley and that the land is rightfully theirs. They are even more troubled by the idea of their land being given to the First Nations, who were looked down upon and thought to be as lower-class people by the colonists. What likely angered the colonists most is that the British made the Proclamation Act without any showing consideration for the colonists and not letting the colonists have any influence on this decision.

The British completely infuriated the colonists with the Stamp Act in 1765, which led to the birth of an unforgivable hatred for the British in the (non-Loyalist) colonists. The Stamp Act meant the colonists would have to pay TAX (unthinkable!), which was something they were not used to in their previously tax-free society. To make matters worse, the British again did not ask the colonists’ opinions on this decision; this created the popular cry of “no tax without representation!”, as the colonists had no one to represent them in the Parliament. With a new, strong resentment for the British, the colonies begin to show some rebellion and action; boycotting British goods and meeting in secret.

The colonies were obviously not pleased when the British brought in more taxes – the Townshend Acts in 1767.