Two hundred and forty-six years ago, the British Empire was reeling mad at the people of Massachusetts. And fed up with the hotheads from the Colonies, they were going to show all of them that the Crown had parliamentary authority over them and would reverse the trend of resistance coming from America.
In March of 1774, the British parliament passed the Coercive Acts, known as the “Intolerable Acts” in the thirteen colonies. What they’d hoped to use to reassert their authority in America, only drove a deeper wedge between themselves and the Colonies. The result would be that about a year later the American Revolution would flare-up.
In the late 1700s, the people of the thirteen colonies considered themselves Englishmen but many were growing disillusioned with the policies of the British parliament. They were also becoming increasingly frustrated with what they felt was “taxation without representation.”
After the Seven Years War, the British Empire was deep in debt and in need of more cash. They felt that the Colonists needed to pay their share in maintaining the Crown. The parliament enacted a series of taxes, levied on the Colonies, to force them to pay what it was perceived as their fair share. However, the prevailing feeling in the colonies was the opposite.