The American Colonies were not justified in rebelling from British rule.
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First off, let us begin with the aftermath of the French and Indian war, fought mainly between France, Native American allies, and The Kingdom of Great Britain. This war was fought mainly on the North American continent for many reasons, one of the main reason for having colonial supremacy. After the war, the British had won, but had now doubled their previous debt and had a large and expanding North American empire to defend. In order to make up for lost revenue, the British Parliament began taxing it's citizens in Britain and her colonies. We must keep in mind that the colonists were, in fact, British citizens, and were expected to pay taxes just like the rest. Now regarding the taxes, the colonists should have to help pay for the war. The Americans did not really do anything groundbreaking to help the war efforts, and the British even kept and maintained an American army to protect it's citizens and borders, so the colonists should have helped pay for this. The British colonies payed a 1 shilling tax on paper compared to the mainland's 26. The colonies were a tax heaven compared to England, and the Parliament was not mistreating the colonists anymore than they were mistreating the citizens back in England.
I rest my case and look forward to my opponents response...
At this time, the British Parliament had around 600 members, and the colonies would get about 20 representatives, so they would not really make a difference. We also must understand that these representatives would not be paid, and would have to constantly make a 3,000-4,000 mile trip, just to represent their colonies. Now, they could get messages from their colonies, but again, it would be delivered through a 3,000-4,000 mile trip, taking about two months, when the parliament met much more often than that, so the representatives would not know what to do for a while. I agree they should have gotten representation, but it would be much rather inquietude.
That is all I need to say for this round, back to my adversary.
a forcible overthrow of a government or social order in favor of a new system.
synonyms:rebellion, revolt, insurrection, mutiny, uprising, riot, rioting, insurgence, seizure of power, coup (d'"tat) More
a war between citizens of the same country.
They are both technically correct terms, but what you are trying to say, is beyond the point. The debate is were the colonies justified in revolting from British, not if the war was civil or a revolution, when it was in fact both. The American civil war was a revolution in the south, and was a civil war in the north. I urge my opponent to stay on topic, and if he was getting at something to explain.
Loyalist-a colonist of the American revolutionary period who supported the British cause.
Patriot-a person who vigorously supports their country and is prepared to defend it against enemies or detractors.
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