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Fighting Words

1765-1770

The Snare BrokenAs tension rose on both sides of the Atlantic, taxation and the right to representation dominated the rhetoric. In the early years of conflict, the American colonists emphasized their British citizenship and the rights afforded that status. In response, the British Parliament called on their loyalty, not as citizens, but colonists that owe their loyalty and monetary support to the crown, claiming default representation as opposed to an individual representative in the lower house of parliament.