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May 20 2008
IN 1662 king Charles granted a charter to conn. Colony giving the colonists the rights to make their own laws. (Speare, 70) Assemblies elected by the colonists made laws, set taxes, and raised companies of troops called militia to defend the colonies.(carter pg. 8)in 1687, king James wanted British wanted British parliament to make laws for the colonists.
IN 1765 British parliament could make laws for the colonists. The king needed to pay for the French and Indian war so he made laws to tax the colonists (Harcourt, 266)
The king started the sugar act in 1764 (Harcourt, 272) “This tariff angered colonists. But what bothered them the most was that they had no part in making this tax law” (Harcourt, 272) The king and parliament all had a say in passing law.” Unlike other British citizens, the colonists could not elect law makers…. but parliament was quick to remind colonists they were British subjects”(Harcourt, 263)
The stamp act of 1765 was another blow to the colonies democratic ideals. The new tax law angered the colonists” (January, 6) the people have been practicing self-government separate from the king, for years (Harcourt, 263) The stamp act made all people pay for a stamp on all paper like newspaper!
Parliament added these new laws to show they could still make laws for the colonists (Harcourt, 277) The stamp act congress met to get the act reapeled. Patriot James Otis said the famous quote. “No taxation without representation!” (Harcourt, 274) these British laws were directly against the democratic ideals of self-government the colonists had been practicing for 100 yrs.
The colonists did not get to elect representatives into British parliament. They did not have any say in the tax laws they were being forced to pay. The king made a third law that made people mad, the tax on tea, and 1773. The colonists believed in democracy (Harcourt, 263) the colonists believed the only way to assure their rights were to fight for them.
The people are British citizens living in America. There rights were being run over by the sugar act and the tax on tea. They first appealed to the king and parliament. When that did not work they protested. Eventually, the rally cry of “no taxation with out representation” would lead the colonists to fight for their freedom.
On December 16, 1773 a group called the sons of liberty dressed up as Mohawk Indians and went on the British boats and dumped all that tax tea into Britain harbor! When they were done the total amount was 1 million pounds! The congress sent a appeal for peace and harmony to king George and suggested that parliament get rid of all the unconstitutional laws controlling America.
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