War with Great Britain

Warwith Great Britain

Oneof the most fundamental periods in the United States remains theRevolutionary War where the colonists waged a war against GreatBritain. There have been questions regarding the efficacy of thiswar. While there may be differing opinions regarding thejustification for this war, it is evident that the colonists werejustified in waging war against Great Britain for independence.

First,it was noted that England’s Congress had imposed numerousundesirable taxes on their American colonists including the 1764Sugar Act and 1765 Stamp Act among others. In a document titled“Considerations” Thomas Whately underlined the reasons justifyingthe British decision to levy taxes on the American subjects. Thetaxes were aimed at settling Great Britain’s debt that it hadincurred, presumably “to protect the Americans” (Whately 1).These ended up emancipating the colonists economically. Theselegislations were binding and the American colonists had to choosebetween unconditional submission to such tyranny or forcefulresistance.

Inaddition, Great Britain was known to visit immense brutality on itsAmerican subjects. A document titled “The Declaration ofIndependence”, which announced that the 13 American colonies sawthemselves as independent and sovereign states that were notcomponents of the British Empire, explained these brutalities. In thedocument, it is noted that the King of Britain visited repeatedusurpations and injuries and being tyrannical to the states. Even ininstances where the subjects petitioned the prince about theoppressions, the petition was met with more injury (ContinentalCongress 1). Such a tyrannical prince was unfit to rule free people,in which case Americans had to fight him.

Further,it has been acknowledged that all efforts at settling the varieddisputes between the colonists and the Great Britain peacefully hadbeen unsuccessful. Indeed, it is noted that a great deal of colonistsdid not pay much attention to their colonizers (Nash 44). Theybelieved that the differences could be eliminated through peacefulmeans. However, as Thomas Paine noted in “CommonSense”,it was difficult for the differences to be ironed out throughpeaceful means while the colonialists were brutal to the Americans(Paine 1).


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