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The Cause of the American Revolution Position Paper



No matter what it comes down to, the major factor for the cause of the American
Revolution was the ignorance of the British. The irritated colonists were hostile towards
the supposed ‘mother country’ of Great Britain as it tried to reconcile with them. Just as a
neglected child would have bitter resentment towards its parent once the parent sought
action, so were the American colonists. The cause of the American Revolution began
when Great Britain stopped paying attention to the colonies, and absorbed into its own
affairs, politely ‘ignoring’ the colonies it started. Everything else that triggered the minds
of these revolutionaries was the effect caused by Britain’s salutary neglect of the
American colonies.
When the early settlers came to the newly discovered continent of America, their
intentions were rather simple. Beginning from the Pilgrims in Plymouth and the Puritans
in the Massachusetts Bay colony, God was the main focus of their colonization. Both
groups were upset of the development of the church of England, and in attempt to purify
it, they sought new lives in the colonies. The development of Jamestown in Virginia was
a concept similar to the ones used during the 1500s when exploration was promoted: for
gold, glory, and God. Georgia was colonized as a buffer zone for the highly cherished
Carolinas. For whatever the reasons, each colony flourished and, eventually, the
population of all the thirteen increased as the exodus from Great Britain increased, other
foreigners seeking freedom of religion or wanting new lives began to come, slave trade
became popular, and indentured servants sold their lives to come to the new world.
Though the New England, Middle, and South colonies were different in many aspects,
they began to develop separately than that of Great Britain. During the climax growth of
the colonies, the first stages in which Great Britain should have been there to guide them
through the colonization process, it was absorbed in its own affairs. Yet the colonists
were advancing pleasantly. They were not having so much difficulty because they had
learned to take care of themselves, developed into their own nation by running
themselves the way they thought was right and had succeeded in doing so as Great
Britain kindly paid no attention to them. The colonists themselves subconsciously aware
of the situation, led their lives as the pleased, with or without having the guidance of
Great Britain.
Meanwhile, as the British were occupied with their own problems, the French
(and others) began to take advantage of the Americas, colonizing inland and north of
North America, covering the Mississippi River and Ohio Valley all the way towards
present day Canada. The French’s Empire was very wast and when the British saw that
other nations were benefiting from what they should be benefiting from, they sought to
take action, thus triggering the Seven Years’ (French and Indian) War. Known as the
“Great War for Empire”, the world’s uppermost nations became involved in a battle for
control over North America. The British eventually won, gaining full control of the
territories that had previously belonged to the French. Great Britain, reestablishing its
status, began its conduct over the colonists. After winning the war, it felt it had the right
to start controlling the colonies as it pleased. After all, the colonies were the possession
of the British, and were entitled to them. Yet the colonists had a different view. By this
time, they felt they had no or very little connection with the original ‘mother country’.
The early English settlers were long gone and buried. The new generations that came
about were not English., but of English descent as well as Dutch, Irish, French, Scots, etc.
If the British had paid more attention to the colonists, maybe they would feel a tie to the
country, but because the British had neglected them, that tie was cut. The colonists were
now Americans, and they were angry. Why did the British think they had the right to
interfere with their affairs when they had neglected them for so long, letting them
develop their own way of life, government, economy, and trade? Great Britain had left
them a long time ago, and the colonists were angered that they began to take control
when they no longer needed the mother country.
The British tried to show their first show of authority by establishing the
Proclamation of 1763. As a result of the French and Indian war, the French were forced
to leave from what was New France. In 1763, Pontiac’s rebellion ( Indian and settler
conflicts which took place in the Ohio Valley and Great Lakes region) forced the London
government to issue the Proclamation Line Of 1763. It prohibited settlement in the area
beyond the Appalachian Mountains, pending further adjustments. This drawn document
was not designed to oppress the colonials, but to work out the Indian problems fairly and
prevent a repetition of something similar to the uprising of the Pontiac’s. The Americans
were angered and dismayed, because to them, that land was their birthright. They fought
bloody wars for it, and now it was forbidden. The colonists highly disagreed with the
Proclamation of 1763. In 1765, in North Carolina, the American Pioneers went up west,
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