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No matter what it comes down to, the major factor for the cause of the American Revolution was the ignorance of the British. The irritated colonists were hostile towards the supposed ?mother country? of Great Britain as it tried to reconcile with them. Just as a neglected child would have bitter resentment towards its parent once the parent sought action, so were the American colonists. The cause of the American Revolution began when Great Britain stopped paying attention to the colonies, and absorbed into its own affairs, politely ?ignoring? the colonies it started. Everything else that triggered the minds of these revolutionaries was the effect caused by Britain?s salutary neglect of the American colonies. When the early settlers came to the newly discovered continent of America, their intentions were rather simple. Beginning from the Pilgrims in Plymouth and the Puritans in the Massachusetts Bay colony, God was the main focus of their colonization. Both groups were upset of the development of the church of England, and in attempt to purify it, they sought new lives in the colonies. The development of Jamestown in Virginia was a concept similar to the ones used during the 1500s when exploration was promoted: for gold, glory, and God. Georgia was colonized as a buffer zone for the highly cherished Carolinas. For whatever the reasons, each colony flourished and, eventually, the population of all the thirteen increased as the exodus from Great Britain increased, other foreigners seeking freedom of religion or wanting new lives began to come, slave trade became popular, and indentured servants sold their lives to come to the new world. Though the New England, Middle, and South colonies were different in many aspects, they began to develop separately than that of Great Britain. During the climax growth of the colonies, the first stages in which Great Britain should have been there to guide them through the colonization process, it was absorbed in its own affairs. Yet the colonists were advancing pleasantly. They were not having so much difficulty because they had learned to take care of themselves, developed into their own nation by running themselves the way they thought was right and had succeeded in doing so as Great Britain kindly paid no attention to them. The colonists themselves subconsciously aware of the situation, led their lives as the pleased, with or without having the guidance of Great Britain. Meanwhile, as the British were occupied with their own problems, the French (and others) began to take advantage of the Americas, colonizing inland and north of North America, covering the Mississippi River and Ohio Valley all the way towards present day Canada. The French?s Empire was very wast and when the British saw that other nations were benefiting from what they should be benefiting from, they sought to take action, thus triggering the Seven Years? (French and Indian) War. Known as the "Great War for Empire", the world?s uppermost nations became involved in a battle for control over North America. The British eventually won, gaining full control of the territories that had previously belonged to the French. Great Britain, reestablishing its status, began its conduct over the colonists. After winning the war, it felt it had the right to start controlling the colonies as it pleased. After all, the colonies were the possession of the British, and were entitled to them. Yet the colonists had a different view. By this time, they felt they had no or very little connection with the original ?mother country?. The early English settlers were long gone and buried. The new generations that came about were not English., but of English descent as well as Dutch, Irish, French, Scots, etc. If the British had paid more attention to the colonists, maybe they would feel a tie to the country, but because the British had neglected them, that tie was cut. The colonists were now Americans, and they were angry. Why did the British think they had the right to interfere with their affairs when they had neglected them for so long, letting them develop their own way of life, government, economy, and trade? Great Britain had left them a long time ago, and the colonists were angered that they began to take control when they no longer needed the mother country. The British tried to show their first show of authority by establishing the Proclamation of 1763. As a result
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