The contradictions between England and the British colonists have been growing for a long time. Metropolis treats its overseas territories rather dismissively, believing that the colonies’ task is to ensure its, metropolis, enrichment. From here, we see high taxes, duties on the import of goods, and other restrictions. What is more, the crown appointed us to maintain the British army in the colonies, as well as officials sent by London. Our way of life is determined by people separated from us by the ocean with no idea of the real state of affairs.
Internal issues are decided exclusively by the British Parliament, and not by our own self-government. The parliament of the empire can no longer collect taxes since the American colonies do not have a representative in the legislature. Only persons selected and approved by people living here should be entitled to set taxes. Our protests against the crown and the ability to control cargoes in Boston in a very vivid form showed that the colonies are ready for self-government – they are able to be independent.
England is not interested in developing colonies in a particular industry, as then we will become its serious competitors. It is time to put an end to the limitations of our freedom and to the waywardness of the royal family, which considers itself better than others (Paine, n.d.). We do not just “represent a mere rebellion” (“The Plain Truth,” n.d.) – we are a movement of independence in all colonies. For the first time, residents of different territories with different histories, other past, and various social traditions are united by a single idea of opposing imperial politics. Together we are strong and can set our own rules.
Paine, T. n.d. Common Sense. Project Gutenberg. Web.
The Plain Truth about the So-Called Boston “Massacre” and “Tea Party.” n.d. AmericanRevolution.ORG. Web.