Amer. Rev.

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As all revolutions go, theare two sides: one in power and one looking to over-throw this power. TheAmerican Revolution was obviously no exception. America was looking tooverthrow its ruler, Britain. In addition, reasons are needed for therevolutionaries to want to over-throw their government, and a winner and loserare also needed. So how did Britain provoke the colonists and why were thecolonists successful? More importantly for our-time, how did the occurrence ofthe American Revolution affect other revolutions around the globe? In otherwords I would like to show you how the American Revolution was able to setprecedence and give other revolutions a dependable system to follow.

           Firstoff, the colonists did have some solid reasons for rebelling againstBritain. To me the first mistakeBritain made was when King James II deprived the colonies of their localpolitical rights and independence. The legislatures were dissolved, and theKing chose officials to rule over the courts.

This event led to many otherconflicts. For instance in 1687 the towns of Ipswich and Topsfield resisted thetaxes imposed by Governor Andros. From this situation arose the phrase, "Notaxation without representation." A second reason for America beginning theRevolution is because of the intolerable acts inflicted on it by Britain. The intolerableacts consisted of a series of needless taxes put on the colonies to "punish"them. One of these was the Stamp Act. This was a tax put upon all paper goods. To rebel the colonists held the "Boston Tea Party". Although one cannot blamethe revolution of two soul causes these two major contributors..

           Sonow that we know what started the Revolution, the question we must ask is, whatenabled the colonists to win. One of these things was the fact that...