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The American Revolution was a political rebellion by the people from the Thirteen American Colonies who wanted independence from Britain and rejected the British authority. This revolution took place between 1765 and 1783 and culminated in the American Revolutionary War, which caused other European countries to get involved and ended with the U.S. getting the independence they wanted.

Reasons for the American Revolution

The Colonists weren’t happy with the way Britain was ruling the American Colonies. They found taxes from the British Parliament to be unfair and more in the interest of paying off Britain’s war debts than investing locally. Protests kept escalating and after the Boston Tea Party in 1773, where the rebels destroyed three shipments of tea, the British Parliament responded with even more restrictions through the Coercive Acts. This caused the colonies to get together and create their own Congress to demand independence from Britain.


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