There are many different stances as to why the American Revolution occurred The Whig interpretation argues that it is human’s natural inclination for liberty, therefore the revolution started because the new American ideology that every man is born equal and therefore should have equal rights and liberties. I personally believe that human’s need for liberty is partly what caused the revolution, but these ideas only stemmed because of economic problems. The bad economy in America as a result of the British’s taxes is what forced them to rebel, not just man’s tendency towards liberty and self-government. The Americans were happy being under the rule of king until the British forced taxes which led to a bad economy for Americans. I believe that the Americans used ideas of liberty to justify breaking off with Britain who was causing economic strife. A perfect example of the economy leading to patriotism is the Boston Tea Party. The Tea Act caused American merchants to suffer and this tax monopolized American trade. The Americans responded to this economic struggles by the Boston tea party. As we can see, the idea of independence and liberty did play a big role in the Revolution, but I believe these ideas only sprung up as a result of the economic problems in America caused by the British.