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“Three millions of people, armed in the holy cause of liberty, and in such a country as that which we possess, are invincible by any force which our enemy can send against us. Beside, sir, we shall not fight our battles alone. There is a just God who presides over the destinies of Nations, and who will raise up friends to fight our battles for us.” 
― Patrick Henry
“The right to freedom is the gift of God Almighty....The rights of the Colonists as Christians may be best understood by reading, and carefully studying the institutes of the great Lawgiver and head of the Christian Church: which are to be found clearly written and promuligated in the New Testament.” 
― Samuel Adams
“If ever a time should come, when vain and aspiring men shall possess the highest seats in Government, our country will stand in need of its experienced patriots to prevent its ruin.” 
― Samuel Adams
The British increased taxes on the American colonies, stifling the economy:

1764 Sugar Act - taxing sugar, coffee, wine;
1765 Stamp Act - taxing newspapers, contracts, letters, playing cards and all printed materials; and the
1767 Townshend Acts - taxing glass, paints, paper.

Beginning in 1768, the British began quartering their troops in American homes.

When citizens gathered in protest, March 5, 1770, British troops fired into crowd, killing five, in what was called "the Boston Massacre."

Just three years later, in 1773, the British passed yet another tax increase, the "Tea Act."

While American merchants paid taxes, British allowed the East India Tea Company to sell a half million pounds of tea in the Colonies with no taxes, giving them a monopoly by underselling American merchants.

The citizens of Boston had enough.

On DECEMBER 16, 1773, led by Samuel Adams, a band of patriots
 called Sons of Liberty, disguised themselves as Mohawk Indians, left 
the South Meeting House toward Griffin's Wharf, boarded the ships 
Dartmouth, Eleanor and Beaver, and threw 342 chests of tea into the
 harbor. 

This was called the Boston Tea Party.

The men of Marlborough, Massachusetts, declared:

"Death is more eligible than slavery. 

A free-born people are not required by the religion of Jesus Christ to submit to tyranny, but may make use of such power as God has given 
them to recover and support their liberties...

We implore the Ruler above the skies that He would bare His arm...and let Israel go."
“Bad men cannot make good citizens. It is when a people forget God that tyrants forge their chains. A vitiated state of morals, a corrupted public conscience, is incompatible with freedom. No free government, or the blessings of liberty, can be preserved to any people but by a firm adherence to justice, moderation, temperance, frugality, and virtue; and by a frequent recurrence to fundamental principles.”
-Patrick Henry