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The American and French Revolutions were profoundly motivated by economics. Prior to the Revolution, British colonies in America were thriving. Colonists paid fairly few taxes and were permitted to participate in domestic economic activity, granted they adhere to the Navigation Act, an act requiring, “that all trade within the empire be conducted on ships which were constructed, owned and largely manned by British citizens. Certain enumerated goods whether exported or imported by the colonies had to be shipped through England regardless of the final port of destination.” (Baack) Its mother country however, was not analogous. England’s debt had nearly doubled due to their victory over France during the 7 Year War and was frantically looking for a way out. Unluckily for the colonists, mom had decided to give them the responsibility to fix it since citizens in Britain were already paying considerably higher taxes. Some taxes that were established for the British colonies included the Stamp, Sugar and Tea Act. All taxes were repealed as a result of boycotts in most colonies, except…
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