Causes of the American revolution
?I wondered the source of this passion of the political freedom, which in all times made men the principal things that humanity achieved, and in what feelings it is nourished?, questioned Tocqueville. One can clearly identify these remarks like a question on the causes of the revolts, and more particularly on the causes of the War of American Independence.
By this allusion to the American Revolution, Tocqueville connects the latter to the revolutionary cycle which crosses the Atlantic to reach France and the Netherlands. The causes of the American Revolution seem to have existed at the time of the economic situation, related to local problems, and particular reports that took place in the middle of the 18th century. They are also deeply rooted and more anchored in the 18th century.
How were the revolts connected? Is it a succession of chance or is there a logical answer to this? By analyzing the context which led to the first claims, one will see how it led to a sequence in the cascade of decisions and events, and one will also be able look at the more direct and effective consequences.
The Seven Years' War is what can be considered as the trigger of the American Revolution, that led to direct action with practical causes of the American Revolution. Indeed this conflict, based primarily on the colonial rivalries, which had enabled England to conquer vast territories at the expense of France (including the Ohio Valley and Canada) cost the great kingdom a good deal. The country's debt , therefore, underwent a dramatic increase in 1763, at the end of the conflict. It would therefore involve the colonies at the expense, especially as England believed that the thirteen colonies of America is one of the major challenges of this first colonial war and that the defense has allowed it to be effective. Hence, it seems legitimate to impose new heavier taxes, to the colonies.
Despite the solidarity that was created to fight against a common enemy (by France) between the metropolis and the thirteen American colonies, a new rivalry, underlying, unknown, but increasing was beginning to brew.Indeed, the demographic dynamism of America and the prospects that the conquest of new spaces offered, worried the UK. Ultimately, it was estimated for example that there would soon have more English in America than in England. The commercial consequences resulting from this new vitality, might have upset the balance between metropolis and the colonies at the expense of the English.
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