Declaration of Independence Essay
In the 1700s The English settled in America and made 13 colonies. These colonies were fighting for freedom. They were fighting because the English took away many of their rights and taxed them through acts. Some of the major acts passed between 1765 – 1775 was the Quartering Act, Tea Act, and the Declaratory Act. These Acts are what later lead to the Revolutionary War in 1775. These were all acts that showed over time that England was acting like tyrants.
First, we will mention the bad acts that were passed. The fist major one is the Quartering Act. In 1765, Parliament passed the Quartering Act which said the colonists needed to find or pay for lodging for British soldiers stationed in America. With the French and Indian War over, many colonists saw no need for soldiers to be stationed in the colonies. This taxed the colonists and allowed British soldiers to stay in houses and the colonist had to cook and house them. Another bad act was the Tea act. The Tea Act imposed a tax on tea and created a monopoly where you could only buy from Britain and you had to pay more for the same amount of tea. The Stamp Act required the colonist to pay for a stamp for every legal document. These taxes were supposed to pay for the French and Indian war which ended ten years earlier. Then in 1766 the Declaratory act was passed. This act repealed the Stamp Act, but it actually said that Parliament had complete authority to make laws like the Stamp Act in the future and that the colonies were A “subordinate and dependent on the Imperial Crown.” The real problem with these acts was that the colonies had no representation in parliament. The English citizens in the main land were not revolting because they had representation in Parliament, the colonist didn’t.
The Americans thought that these taxes were unfair. They were being taxed to make up for the French and Indian war....