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1) Why were the colonists upset with the new taxes that Great Britain passed prior to the American Revolution

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It is evident from their actions that the colonists lacked the ability to govern themselves and establish their own regulations. The monarch imposed exorbitant taxes, which the people felt were being paid to an unrepresentative regime. Adding insult to injury, the colonists were vexed that they were obligated to provide lodgings and meals to British soldiers. In protest, the colonists of America united against the actions of Parliament and formed the Sons of Liberty, a clandestine group designed to intimidate the tax collectors for Parliament. The colonists came to America in search of political autonomy, as well as economic opportunity and religious freedom. The principles of self-governance and individual rights are deeply entrenched in American society. By opposing British tyranny, the colonists developed a greater understanding of government.