American Revolution

Independence was what the American Revolution was all about.

Many Navigation Acts had been passed starting in 1650 but none were enforced until Britain noticed they could cash in on the now prospering economic system of the colonies. Mercantilism played this role. The idea of mercantilism was to achieve economic self-sufficiency by exporting more than importing. England viewed the colonies as an easy way to do just that.

For example, the colonies were forbidden to produce for export woolen cloth and beaver hats, because the colonies were supposed to "compliment and not compete with British industry.aE Later in 1660 Charles II approved a stronger version of the previous Navigation Act. This new act required colonists to sell certain goods only to England, such as sugar, tobacco, and cotton so a British middleman could get a cut of the profit. This created a huge disadvantage because colonial merchantmen now had to go hundreds of miles out of their way just to sell to another country. This forbade the colonists to import or export to other countries; thus colonists lost profit. Everyday hard cash was being drained from the colonists and into the pockets of gr



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