Issue: Was the Revolutionary War inevitable?.
Paraphrase: Was there no way around getting into the Revolutionary War?.
Position Statement: The Revolutionary War was inevitable.
1. The British tried to restrict the growth of westward expansion into Canada and the.
Mississippi valley. They were trying to retain the control over the original colonies before allowing expansion into others, where they had no control! They tried doing this by passing The Royal Proclamation of 1763, which reserved all the western territory between the Alleghenies, Florida, the Mississippi River and Quebec for use by Native Americans. As you can probably guess, that didn't work or make the colonists very happy! (Dave Jameson).
2.That it is inseparably essential to the freedom of a people, and the undoubted rights of Englishmen, that no taxes should be imposed on them, but with their own consent, given personally, or by their representatives. (James Otis).
3. The straw that really started the breaking of America with Britain started with the passing of the Sugar Act of 1764. This act hit the colonists where the Britains thought it would hurt them most, in the pockets! It forbade the importation of foreign rum; put a modest duty on molasses from all sources and levied duties on wines, silks, coffee and a number of other luxury items. The British even sent their warships to intercept smugglers. They also had "writs of assistance," or warrants, which authorized the king's officers to search suspected premises. This Act started the famous slogan of "taxation without representation". Parliament in Britain then passed another act, the Currency Act, trying to make sure that the only "real" money used in the colonies would be British. (These were passed awfully close together) (Dave Jameson).
4. The colonists wanted to have members from America represent them in the British Parliament. The British would have no part of that! So the battle lines were drawn! The British had Charles Townshend, British chancellor of the exchequer, draw up new financial plans! The Townshend Acts were designed to raise revenue to be used .