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What were the causes of the Revolutionary War?

There were several causes that led colonists to fight for their freedom from the British. These are just a few that ultimately led to the Revolutionary War.

Colonial America for Kids: French and Indian War

Colonial America for Kids: French and Indian War

The French and Indian War, was in reality not a war that was fought by the French and Indians. In fact, many Native Americans were allies to the French in this war that was actually against the British. As American colonies continued to grow and expand, so did the French's desire to expand on American territory. The building of Fort Duquesne by the French led to the first battle of this war. Many battles were fought and many lives were lost in this war. Ultimately France lost and gave up all of it's North American territory. Despite the British victory, this war was very costly. As a way of paying for it, the British decided to impose taxes on the colonies. Many colonists found this unfair and decided to unite and form militias that could go up against British armies. This sentiment among the colonists was a cause for what would result in the Revolutionary War.

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Stamp Act - American Revolution - HISTORY.com

Stamp Act - American Revolution - HISTORY.com

Taxes, taxes, taxes! The Stamp Act was the first of many taxes imposed on colonists by the British. As a way to alleviate the debt that the British had acquired from the Seven Years War, they imposed this tax on all pare documents in the colonies. Colonists did not take this well and claimed the act unconstitutional. They used several tactics to go against it. This was another act by the British that further caused tension with the colonies helping lead to the Revolutionary war.

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The story behind the Boston Tea Party - Ben Labaree

The story behind the Boston Tea Party - Ben Labaree

What were the reasons behind the Boston Tea Party? After having yet another unfair tax imposed on them, the colonists decided to fight back against the British. Being that tea was such a popular drink in the colonies and among the British, it was decided that a high tax would be placed on tea as well as a limit to whom it could be bought from, the East India Trading Company. Colonists were not happy with the decision and soon protests formed. During a meeting amongst colonists it was decided that a perfect way to resist was by dumping over 340 tea chests into the harbor. Colonists, some dressed as Native Americans, took over 3 ships and did just that. This was another tension creating act that further led the colonists to the Revolutionary War.

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The Intolerable Acts and the First Continental Congress

The Intolerable Acts and the First Continental Congress

Used to retaliate against the Boston Tea Party, the British punished colonists, specifically those from Boston, by implementing what became known as the Intolerable Acts. These acts included the Boston Port Bill which was a fine for the tea that was dumped during the tea party and the Quartering Act which required colonists to house British troops if needed. These acts led colonists to form what became know as the First Continental Congress. The purpose of this congress was to support Boston as well as resist the British acts. The formation of this congress brought the colonies closer to fighting for their freedom.

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