The War for Dependence

International Man

No, that’s not a typo.

In 1776, residents of the American colonies took the very risky step of going to war with a then-powerful Britain – a War for Independence.

At that time, it was quite a courageous act, one that was a direct result of grievances:

Taxation: Colonists were angry over increased taxation, which at that time was only about 1%. But they got little in return, as the UK did not defend them against the native Americans. Colonists were instructed to sort out their own protection.

Production: The colonists were also angry because most of their export product went to the UK and they were paid very little for it, whilst goods shipped from England to the colonies carried a high price, which often left the colonists in debt to English exporters.

Self-determination: But they particularly resented the fact that, although the colonies functioned quite well on their own, and local representatives in the House of Burgesses were entirely capable of establishing law for the colonies, the UK made the bigger legislative decisions. These decisions were often regarded as arbitrary or usurious.

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