How Could The British Government Have Prevented The American Revolution?
The British government had many ways to prevent the American Revolution.
Some of them are:
1. First Solution: By allowing the American colonists of the 13 colonies to choose and send their own representatives to the British Parliament. Colonists had been demanding it for a long time.
2. Second Solution: Via avoiding the imposition of some cruel acts on the 13 colonies; such as the Stamp Act (1765), Townshend Acts (1767), Tea Act (1773), and Intolerable Acts (1774).
3. Third Solution: The British authority could have accepted negotiation proposals sent by the First and Second Continental Congress. For example Olive Branch Petition (1775).
However, the British Parliament and King George III were overconfident in their capability. Hence, instead of choosing these three ways, they choose to dominate the American colonists by force. Later, their actions backfired them.
The 3 Ways To Prevent The American Revolution
1. The British Authority Could Have Allow Colonists’ Own Representative
Although the mother country Great Britain ruled the 13 colonies for a long time, ironically, colonists did not have any of their own representatives in the British Parliament.
For this reason, they often faced difficulties expressing their problems in front of the government. On top of that, the British Parliament often misused this absence for making bad laws for the 13 colonies.
At different times, they requested the British government to provide American representatives in the English Parliament, but all the time, Britain rejected their request.
From 1765, the problem became bigger and bigger. Finally, after some major events, it led them to the glorious American Revolution.
2. The British Government Could Have Avoided Imposing Cruel Acts On The 13 Colonies
In the years 1764, 1765, 1767, 1773, and 1774 the British Parliament passed and imposed some acts on the 13 colonies, which angered colonists at the highest level.
Especially 1774’s five Intolerable Acts led them to choose the path of revolution and think of complete independence.
Those five cruel acts are:
- Boston Port Act
- Massachusetts Government Act
- Administration of Justice
- Quebec Act
- Quartering Act
3. The British Authority Could Have Accepted Negotiation Proposals
During the First and Second Continental Congress, American colonies sent some negotiation proposals to the British King George III and Parliament.
Two of them are Petition to the King and Olive Branch Petition.
The British government could have solved the crisis by accepting these proposals.
However, in reality, they showed no interest in them.
British King George III even refused to read Olive Branch Petition as he already declared colonists traitors.