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Reconciliation between American colonies and Great Britain

There was no likelihood of reconciliation between American colonies and Great Britain because of several reasons like; the British government had huge debts .this was right after the French and India war .to cover these debts the British government-imposed taxes on the colonies like the stamp act which declared that all Americans colonists were equal to all British citizens and the parliament could not tax the colonists if there was no colonial representation in the parliament (Morgan, & Morgan, 1953). This annoyed the Americans because it was simply a way to extort money from the American colonies so that the British could pay their debts and be able to provide their army with weapons. Also, the Boston tea party where the Americans boarded a British ship and destroyed British tea worth millions in protest of the tea party (Dickinson, 2010). The British responded by closing all of Boston’s harbors until all the tea was paid for, there was increased power of the military governor. After this reconciliation seemed impossible.

The stamp act policy was an example of taxation without representation and they found out that the person who was supposed to fight for their rights was working to limit them .the colonists were not consulted before it was passed and they felt it was a gateway for more taxation schemes and the money collected was used for matters that were beyond colonial legislation. All printed work required a stamp which was supposed to be purchased from an authorized stamp distributor.

The stamp act brought a lot of disagreements between the American colonies and the British government as the colonists felt it was too much and they boycotted the British goods and they rioted. They also attacked and threatened the tax collectors and the stamp distributors which led to most of them resigning (Jensen, 1940). The colonists were not consulted and there was no one to represent them during the enactment. The American colonies felt that the British had no right to tax them. The tax money was to pay for the British’s debts and to get more weapons for their army. This angered the American colonies as they were being used and it led to rioting


Dickinson, H. T. (2010). the Failure of conciliation: Britain and the American colonies 1763–1783. The Kyoto economic review, 79(2), 91-109.

Morgan, E. S., & Morgan, H. M. (1953). The Stamp Act Crisis: Prologue to Revolution. UNC Press Books.

Jensen, M. (1940). The Articles of Confederation: An Interpretation of the social-constitutional history of the American Revolution, 1774-1781. Univ of Wisconsin Press.