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Why did the Colonists want independence from Great Britain?

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Tiffany Young

on 15 October 2014

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Why did the Colonists want independence from Great Britain
Boston Tea Party
Colonists rebelled against the tea act by dumping tea into the harbor
Why did Colonists want independence from Great Britain?
The Colonists wanted independence from Great Britain because the king created unreasonable taxes, those taxes were created because Britain just fought the French and Indians. England decided that since they fought on American soil, then it was only fair to make Colonists pay for it. Except, the Colonists felt like they didn't have say in the British Parliament, so they began to rebel.
Enlightenment
John Locke introduced the "Natural rights"
Baron Montesquieu introduced the three branches of government.
During the 1600's and 1700's philosophers in Europe used science and logic to find truth.
Great Awakening
Jonathan Edwards and George Whitfield were leaders of the Great Awakening
Challenged the authority of the church by allowing people the "born again" without the approval of the church
Battle of Lexington
The Battle of Lexington, April 19, 1775 was considered the first battle of the American Revolution.
Minutemen: special unit of men ready to fight in a "minutes" notice
Declaration of Independence
French & Indian War
British and French fought over the Ohio River Valley
Paris 1763; War ended, British won and gained more land.
"break up" letter to the British king, it outlined all the grievances against the king.
Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence.
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