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The War of Independence in the Thirteen Colonies was primarily caused by economic factors. To what extent do you agree with this statement?

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Chantelle McMullin Hstory 11 IB Essay March 31th/08 The War of Independence in the Thirteen Colonies was primarily caused by economic factors. To what extent do you agree with this statement? The War of Impendence in the Thirteen Colonies was caused by economic factors but, also by many other things. You can not justly say that it was caused by one thing, for that is untrue. It was caused by many things such as political factors, economical factors, intellectual factors, social factors and some people even argue religious factors. The first thing that you have to look at is the proclamation of 1763. This is when Britain proclaimed that all lands west of the Appalachians were reserved for Native Americans and closed to colonial settlement. This was very beneficial to Britain for it created peace with the Native Americans and kept the colonies under British control easier. Needless to say the colonists did not approve of this and felt like they were losing an opportunity that was rightfully theirs. ...read more.


This was both a political and economical problem. In 1765 Parliament passed a tax on all official documents and publications in the colonies. This is known as the Stamp Act. To be official, marriage licenses, mortgages, diplomas and newspapers had to bear an official stamp of seal, showing duty had been paid. The tax money was for keeping British troops in North America. Colonists agreed that Parliament had a right to levy an external tax, but the Stamp Act was an internal tax. Protest over the Stamp Act united the colonies who all agreed that taxation without representation was tyranny. You soon see the idea of the colonies separating from Britain begin to form. It started with economic factors, such as who had a right to tax them and moved to political factors such as who had a right to govern them without any input from them. A movement towards self-government began to take shape. ...read more.


Next was the Tea Act, to save the East India Company from bankruptcy. This law stated that only the East India Tea Company could sell tea to the colonies. Most Americans resented this monopoly on selling tea. To protest the tea tax, Boston's Sons of Liberty disguised themselves as Mohawks and dumped 342 chests of newly arrived tea into the harbour. This is known as the Boston Tea Party and resulted in a closing of the Boston Harbour until all the tea was paid for. It was all of these things that led to America's fight for Independence. They were tired of living under British control. The did not agree with all these taxes and resented that they had no representation in Parliament or say in how their money was being spent. I would have to agree that the War of Independence in the Thirteen Colonies was primarily caused by economical factors but only to an extent. Other factors were political and a sense of justice with citizens standing up for their rights and wanting a say in how their country was run. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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