Why did Britain acknowledge the independence of the 13 American colonies?
At first, they didn't. It was war that won political independence for 13 of Britain's North American colonies. After the end of the costly French and Indian War (1763), Britain imposed new taxes and trade restrictions on the colonies, fueling growing resentment and strengthening the colonists' objection to their lack of representation in the British Parliament. Determined to achieve independence, the colonies formed the Continental Army, composed of Minutemen, to challenge Britain's army. The war began in 1775 when Britain sent a force to destroy rebel military stores at Concord, Massachusetts. After fighting broke out, rebel forces began a siege of Boston that ended when Americans forced out the British troops. Britain's offer of pardon in exchange for surrender was refused by the Americans, who declared themselves independent on July 4, 1776. British forces retaliated by driving the American army from New York to New Jersey. On December 25, 1776, The Americans won the battles of Trenton and Princeton. The British army then lost in the Battle of Saratoga in 1777, and in another battle in Monmouth, NJ, in 1778. France (who was already helping America) declared war on Britain in June, 1778. From then on, war continued, and America kept the upper hand. But it wasn't until 1783, in the Treaty of Paris, that Britain acknowledged America's independence, and only because they could not defeat them in war.
What was not a common argument given in support of the American colonists' declaration of independence?
The answer hinges on when the American colonies became independent from Britain. Independence was declared on July 4, 1776. Martin Van Buren, the 8th president, was born in 1782, was the first born after 1776. However, Britain did not acknowledge American independence until they lost the Revolutionary War and signed the Treaty of Paris in 1783. Thus Van Buren , when he was born, was considered an American citizen by the Americans and a British…
Because Americans lived on the continent of NORTH AMERICA and were fighting the British who OWNED most of NORTH AMERICA...Americans were COLONIES of Great Britain. American COLONISTS wanted INDEPENDENCE from their British owners or leadership. Britain would NOT allow that independence, so the Colonists fought them for it.
Which best describes the statement The unfair taxes imposed by Great Britain on the American colonies led directly to the American Declaration of Independence and the Revolutionary War?
That would be a true statement. However it is worth noting that 'unfair taxes' depends on the point of view-the British needed American taxes in order to help finance their wars in Europe, while the Colonists were viewing themselves more as "Americans" and opposed to "Englishmen." These feeling came to a boiling point during the violent demonstration known as the Boston Tea Party (16 December 1773), that helped the Colonists to understand their only remedy…
It has been said that history is written by those who win wars. The South lost the Civil War. History says those southern states did not have the right to secede. Did the 13 colonies have the right to declare independence from Britain? Britain lost the American War of Independence. History says the 13 colonies did have the right to declare independence.