The American Revolutions Secret Story

The American Revolutions Secret Story

Neil Bhatkhande, Swag Reporter

      The American Revolution wasn’t about taxes. You probably had the same reaction as me, jaw dropping as you think “Hey, that’s not what my teacher said!”, And you would be right. According to CRASH COURSE HISTORY (A youtube channel) colonists were upset that they didn’t get a say about the change of taxes. Before, when the colony hadn’t been attacked, they were the ones who got to decide the amount they had to pay taxes! For example, the Sugar Act of 1764 reduced the taxes from 6 cents to 3 cents, therefore backing up Crash Courses claim on the fact that people were upset about smuggling being countered. A couple other random sources told that Britain reduced the prices to discourage smuggling, earning money for Britain while keeping the colonists happy. This was upsetting to the colonists not only because of the fact that they didn’t get to negotiate the cost of the taxes, but because smuggling, which had saved them a lot of money, was now blocked. This eventually led to the revolutionary war. When the boycott began, Britain began raising taxes, which made the colonists more mad. The British raised taxes because the boycott resulted in them making less money, as goods were not being purchased. More and more boycotts and retaliatory protests led to British troops in the city which only increased tensions more. Finally, the british massacre (Which only killed 5 people but was falsely reported by news stations to  and lied about what really happened. They also claimed that tribes that were fighting on the side of the British were cannibals and had eaten many colonists, which resulted in them being hunted) pushed the Colonists to believe that war was inevitable.  Therefore, they rebelled.

 

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