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Why the Congo for King Leopold
Why was King Leopold so interested in the Congo area specifically? Or, was this just what he could get? What was it about the Congo that had the King of Belgium chomping at the bit to get a piece of Africa?
The Purpose of European Colonization of America
Each of the European countries had their reasons and agendas for getting involved in the New World. It ranged from money to power to a place to discard the unwanted. Their reasoning fluctuated as situations rose up and new leaders stepped into play.
British Neglect Led to American Revolution
The colonists wanted to be heard and have a say in how the mother country was suddenly directed them. Taxes were not the issue. It was how the taxes were handled. To the colonists, the Stamp Act was a tax for the entire purpose of raising money.
The Acts that Started the American Revolution
This was a shock to the colonists who had had freedom for such a long time. Britain wanted the colonies to pay with higher taxes. The colonists did not exactly protest the fact that taxes might be needed. They were protesting the method and the unreasonableness of the taxes.
A New Look at the British Colonies in America
It was after the Seven Years War that Britain began to look at the colonies differently. The British government began to look into how they could get the colonies into a “more efficient trading system with British colonies in the Caribbean and India.”
American Revolution Found in Seven Years' War
The colonies were a way to get money and peace. Yet, when the Seven Years' War occurred, the colonies became much more.
American Colonization Made Way for Revolution
This hands off version of governing worked well for Britain the beginning; but by letting the English colonies develop their own culture and governing with a lax hand, the British crown set the stage for the American Revolution.
America's Use of the Glorious Revolution
Less than a hundred years later (after the Glorious Revolution), the American colonists also felt dissatisfied with how they were ruled. They wanted new leadership and followed the example of the English Parliament of 1688.
England's Glorious Revolution Example
The Glorious Revolution of 1688 would set the precedent for the American Revolution that would occur less than a century later. It would be England that would lay the groundwork for the colonists’ revolt.
Historical Atlas of the Medieval World - Review
Studying the Medieval world can be exciting and rather daunting. The Middle Ages is a large span of European history. When reading about this very important time period, you need reliable and worthy resources such as the Penguin Historical Atlas of the Medieval World by your side.
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