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Mini-DBQ: Reasons for Rebellion

Historical Context

When the French and Indian War ended in 1763, conflict and tension began to grow between Great Britain and its colonies. England, faced with a huge national debt, planned to tax the colonies and to reorganize trade policies with North America. The colonists grew increasingly resentful of the new taxes and regulations, which Parliament passed without their consent. The years 1764–75 saw repeated clashes between the mother country and its American colonies. Finally, in 1776, America declared independence from Britain.

Question

What were the political, social, and economic reasons that colonists rebelled against the king in 1776?