The American Revolution and the American Revolutionary War might be considered defining points in American history, which laid out the way for further developing a nation different from that of Europeans. Namely, the colonists became a separate confederation with principles that distinguished it from the British, French, and Spanish who used to rule the region. The essay examines the Proclamation Act of 1763 and the Navigation Acts as the leading causes of the American Revolution and the role of the Declaration of Independence in the event.
Many events and circumstances have enraged the American colonists and urged them to consider an option of independence. Yet, one of the earliest events was the Proclamation Act of 1763. Precisely, the British parliament has established a border that limited Englishmen of the North American colonies in their desire to settle the nearest West, where American Indians lived (Corbett et al., 2014). Although the British government’s cause for the Act was to prevent war with the Indians, the colonists discouraged the British policy since they planned to seize these territories. Furthermore, the British Prime Minister declared that the violations of the Navigation Acts would be tried in imperial courts, which did not have juries (Corbett et al., 2014). The Act’s cause was to prevent smuggling in the colonies, while the North Americans considered it a violation of their freedom and felt hostile toward the British Empire. The latest Act can be regarded as more significant since it showed the ideological conflicts between the colonists and Britain.
The culmination and textual summary of the Revolution were the Declaration of Independence. This document was composed by Thomas Jefferson and edited by Benjamin Franklin and John Adams, and proclaimed the United States of America a sovereign state. The primary role of the paper was to demonstrate to foreign governments the consistency and conviction of the North Americans to separate from the British Empire and be recognized as a state (Office of the Historian, n.d.). As a result, several countries admitted the independence of the U. S.
To conclude, the American Revolution was granted by multiple events. These events seemed to cause minor discontent at first, but, as a result, they accumulated and turned into war. Examples of such events are the Proclamation Act of 1763 and the Navigation Acts. In turn, the Declaration of Independence concluded the actions of the revolutionaries and provided recognition of the new state by foreign countries.
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