Colonists’ Fight For Freedom From England Essay, Research Paper

Colonists’ Fight For Freedom From England

England wanted to control the colonies. Their plan was to gain power over

America so they would be able to tax the colonists. In an attempt to get money,

from the colonies, England passed several acts, the Stamp Act and the Quartering

Act. The Quartering Act stated that the colonists had to provide food and

shelter for the royal troops. The Stamp Act required the colonists to buy a

stamp when they purchased certain items. The Stamp Act angered everyone because

it hit everyone’s pocketbook. Colonists acted strongly and quickly, the Stamp

Act was later repealed.

Even though England had failed with the Stamp Act they continued trying

to gain control and tax the colonies. Parliament passed the Townshend Acts in

1767 which taxed paint, glass, lead, paper, and tea. Customs Officials were

granted documents, or writs of assistance, to enforce the act. These documents,

issued by a court, allowed them to go into privet homes and businesses without

reasonable suspicions to look for smuggled goods, at any time!

In response, many groups started their own special boycotts. The

Daughters of Liberty, a group organized by woman, held public spinning bees,

where they made Americana cloth. Paper, paint, and cloth were all made by the

colonists. A sense of unity was created with the help of the boycott.

The colonists’ boycott of British goods paid off. In 1770 the British

government repealed the Townshend taxes on paint, paper, glass, and lead. The

only item that still had a Townshend tax was tea. This news calmed most

colonists. However, not everyone was happy, this was far from over.

The colonists stood their ground and fought for what they believed they

deserved. To be free! Free from England’s rule, free from their taxes, and free

to start their new world, America.

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