American Revolution Essay Example: The Brave Americans
The American Revolution was a revolt from the people in the 13 colonies, which lead to a war fought by the colonists/Americans against the British government. This war started in 1775 with the Lexington and Concord battle, the war lasted 7 years and was won by the Colonists with help from the French. This revolution was the response of the Americans to the British of a series of events that had been happening on past years. The revolution was inspired by the ideas of the Enlightenment which had been happening in Europe. To this day it’s still debated whether the Americans were justified to get their independence. The Americans had the right to gain their independence because they were forced to pay taxes unfairly, and also they were forced to stay loyal to the British during the French & Indian War and fight even though they didn't want to.
The French & Indian War
The French & Indian War was a war fought by the French and the British over the control of land in America. Through the war the British forced the colonists who lived there to fight the war and stay loyal to British troops, the colonists didn't want war but they were forced to fight. Also the British passed a law which was called the Quartering Act, “The Quartering Act of 1765 required the colonies to house British soldiers in barracks provided by the colonies. If the barracks were too small to house all the soldiers, then localities were to accommodate the soldiers in local inns, livery stables, ale houses, victualling houses, and the houses of sellers of wine” (History, 2009 P1).
The colonists were not only really angry because they were forced to fight a war they didn't want to have, they were also forced to let the British troops stay in their homes, and attend them as if they were part of their family. These really made the colonists furious because the British abused their power, and they didn't even ask for the colonists for their consent when passing the law, the colonists were also very angry, because if they where to impose against the law the British would take control of their state government, so they didn't have any other option but to do what the British said.
After the war was won by the British the British made a new law which required the Colonists to pay a tax called “Stamp Act” these tax required for the Americans to pay a tax on any piece of paper they bought. The money that was to be collected from the Stamp Act was supposedly going to be used to pay the expenses of the war that the Americans didn't want to have but had to fight, and was also supposed to be used to regulate trade, but the British actually lied to the Americans and used the Stamp Act as a way to raise revenue for the British Government. “Till the Stamp Act administration.... All before, are calculated to regulate trade.... The raising of revenue ... was never intended.... Never did the British parliament, [until the passage of the Stamp Act] think of imposing duties in America for the purpose of raising revenue. [The Townshend Acts claim the authority] to impose duties on these colonies, not for the regulation of trade ... but for the single purpose of levying money upon us” ( Dickinson, 1765 P1).
These made the colonists extremely angry, because they were being taxed without representation in the Americas, and the money that they were paying as tax was being used to pay for a war they were forced to fight, also the money wasn't being used to regulate trade, it was being used to raise revenue for the British government. The Americans had to pay for the French and Indian war but were not permitted to go to the land that they had won from the French. In other words the Colonists were being used to raise revenue for the British and the money gathered was not being used to benefit them, and in the process they were being lied to because the British were not regulating trade they were keeping the money for Britain.
All of these events gave the right for the Americans to gain their independence because they were forced to pay taxes unfairly, and also they were forced to stay loyal to the British during the French & Indian War and fight even though they didn't want to. The Americans did have the right to get their independence, because where lied by the British on the Stamp Act and they were being robbed by their supposed “protectors”, also they were used by the British to win the war, but when they won the war they couldn't use the land that they had won. We can conclude that the British were cruel in the way that they used the Americans as a way to raise revenue and expand their territory, and these events gave the Americans the right to be an independent nation. And one thing is for sure, if it weren't for those brave Americans who managed to fight for their rights, the country that we know today as the United States of America home to innovation and development wouldn't have been born.