First turning point, the acts (Sugar, Stamp, Townshend, Tea)
I am a loyalist living in America. Why am I a loyalist? People always ask me, my answer to them is simply because I do not want to be in the British’s way. Their army is experienced. And they have the best navy in the world. I am very rich, and if the British attacked me, I would loose all of my wealth and property. So siding with the British is a protection for me.
The Boston tea party just happened yesterday, and I cannot believe how far the Americans have gotten since the French and Indian war. I remember before the seven years war, when the colonists first sat up a community here in America. I was a little boy, and my family was one of the first groups of people that were sent here from Britain. I thought this was a place for new hope and dreams. People were happy here, and the goods we produce here were sent back to England. America and England were good friends. But soon, the population began to grow here in America, and the people needed more land, the people needed more food, and the people needed more raw materials. The British is not providing the colonists the basic survival needs. And the adults were angry and wanted war with their mother country, England.
The French sided with the Americans and fought the British for nine straight years; this war was called the Seven Years War, even though it lasted nine years. The war finally ended, no surprise, the British won. During these nine years my family and I fled back to Britain, and as soon as the war ended, we came back to America, and I came back as a fine young man. I do not like the colonists in America; I think the British king should have control over them. But I did not come to America to make friends; I came here to make money.
After the war, the British needed money, so King George III decided to tax the colonists. They call it the acts. The first act that was introduced was the sugar act, where all sugar products had a three pence tax on it. I worked as a tax collector. And all the tax I collect went back to the British government. We were constantly attacked and taunted by the colonists, but we held on to our jobs, as all other loyalists did.
The sugar act did not work out as the British wanted, since no one paid the tax. The British decided to introduce the second act, the Stamp act, where all documents had to have a stamp on it, to become a “legal” document. The government taxed the people on these stamps. Instead if only effecting the merchants, this act effected everybody.
Since this act affected nearly everybody, more people started to protest. Colonists were outraged, and curses were heard on streets. The colonists were so mad that they stopped trading with the British, and merchants started shipping supplies from other nearby countries, even though the profit dropped significantly.
Soon afterwards, the British king decided to repeal the Stamp Act, but they then introduced the third act, the Townshend act. This act affected even more people than the Stamp act. Since this act taxed on every-day items, like paper, glass, paint and tea. And the Colonists stopped trading with the British again.
The British needed money fast, so about a month ago, the king of Britain teamed up with An East Indian Tea Company and created a law that forced the colonists to buy tea from them, the Tea Act. Many merchants lost their jobs, and the Americans were ready to fight.
Many weeks passed, and still no one bought tea from the East Indian Company, and their cargo ships sat there in the harbor untouched. This is a good time for revenge! A team of colonists disguised as Native Americans snuck onto the three East Indian Tea Company cargo ships filled with expensive tea from the Far East. The colonists poked holes in the tea crates with their weapons and threw them overbroad. One million pounds worth of tea were dumped yesterday’s night. And Both the Americans and the British now are preparing for war.
I, myself am writing this journal now, because I know something revolutionary is about to happen soon. I can feel the war like atmosphere now, and it is the exact same feeling I got when my family and I left America and fled to Britain when I was little. Will the colonists win this war, and start an independent country. Or will we, the British win this war, and the colonists will be treated like animals in British prison. This war is unavoidable, and I have to get my family to a place safe, before its too late.
Patriots protesting on streets
Boston tea party