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Causes of the American Revolution

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Stamp Act
British legislation passed inorder to raise money. It required that all legal or official documents used in the colonies, such as wills, deeds and contracts, had to be written on special, stamped British paper. It was so unpopular in the colonies that it caused riots, and most of the stamped paper sent to the colonies from Britain was burned by angry mobs. Parliament repealed the Stamp Act in 1766.
Loyalist
An American colonist who supported the British in the American Revolution
Patriots
American colonists who wanted independence from Great Britain during the Revolutionary War.
Moderates
People who were unhappy with British rule but believed that the relationship between the colonies and Great Britain could be repaired.
The British Government
The King and Parliament. They believed that no matter where you lived all British citzens had the duty to obey British law.
Tyranny
dominance through threat of punishment and violence, a form of government in which the ruler is an absolute dictator (not restricted by a constitution or laws or opposition etc.)
Boycott
refusal to buy or sell certain products or services