The biggest, if not the contributing factor the revolutionary war was a war that had happened only recently. That’s right, the French and Indian War (also called the Seven Years’ War) which began in 1754 and ended with the Treaty of Paris in 1763, 3 years before the revolutionary war would start. The aftermath of the war ended Great Britain with enormous claims of land but arguments over frontier policy and war expenses led to the colonists getting mad and eventually… rebelling. Britain had imposed many taxes on the colonists reason being because they thought they should pay for them, seems fair, right? Taxes such as the Quartering Act, the Stamp Act, the Sugar Act and many, many more.
The outrageous part about this scheme is that those taxes taxed everything from everyday goods to forcing you to submit to soldiers occupying your own house! These laws and taxes ignited the spark for little events that shot the cannon to get to the soldier getting hit by the cannon, the revolutionary war. The colonists were ticked off with all these taxes and laws being against them. What got them even more mad was the fact that they had no voice to speak for themselves to get rid of these laws/acts. It ticked them off so much that some stopped paying taxes and bought, sold, and even traded smuggled tea and other goods. One event that happened due to the Tea Act was the Boston Tea Party, essentially the event showed that the colonists could really care less about millions of dollars of tea destroyed. On another note, the Boston Massacre was an event that got the colonists even more enraged at Britain causing such a divide that colonists fled from Boston and the British hurdled into it.
The colonists couldn’t take any more beatings so they took steps to stop this. Without a revolution in their minds, an event name the 1st and 2nd continental congress took place. 13 colonies except for Georgia (Which would agree with anything) met in Philadelphia. In the 1st Congress they organized colonial resistance to Parliament’s Intolerable Acts which existed as a punishment from the Boston Tea Party and other protests. In the 2nd Congress the Declaration of Independence was issued and that made us ultimately fight for our Independence. Jefferson ultimately was given the task of drafting such an important document that we call the Declaration of Independence.
As the man drafted it, the Declaration of Independence was divided into five sections which would be an introduction, a preamble, a body and a conclusion, sort of like this essay. The introduction emphasized that the necessity of seeking independence from Britain was a huge importance, the body outlined a list of grievances against the British crown. The preamble contains a very famous passage, ” We hold these truths to be self-evident; that all men are created equal…” which makes sense considering that such a line is included in a “Hamilton” song.
The document was adopted by Congress on July 4th but it wasn’t signed till August 2nd.