Monthly Archives: February 2014

The Massachusetts Government Act

This Act was passed by the Parliament of Great Britain in May of 1774. It formally negated the Massachusetts Bay Charter, which was the original colonial charter set forth by the government of William and Mary. The Massachusetts Government Act … Continue reading

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How Many Loyalists?

Estimations by many historians suggest that about 40 to 45 percent of all the American colonists were Patriots and actively supported the revolution. At least 25,000 Loyalists fought for the British and made up 15 to 20 percent of colonists. … Continue reading

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The Expense of the Colonies

Britain’s Parliament felt they had the right to tax the colonies because England had financially supported the colonies’ military defenses. These defenses became very expensive during the French and Indian War, but the colonists’ argument was that they were spending … Continue reading

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