- S.SApril 22, 2009DBQ EssayBetween 1763 and 1775 the relationship between Great Britain and its colonies grewincreasingly tense. Taxation without representation was a fierce argument between the colonistsand the British. This essay describes the viewpoints of some influential people and numerousreasons why people supported a side of the argument. It is also stated different ways peoplereacted to certain events.George Greenville (Document 1), a Member of Parliament, stated on January 14, 1766that Great Britain is ultimately sovereign. Britain has supreme legislative power over thecolonies, and that includes the ability to tax the colonies. Greenville supported Great Britain’sside of the argument by presenting a big reason to tax the colonies. Greenville blames thecolonies for the national debt. Britain had to pay a large sum of money to protect the coloniesduring the French and Indian War. Now it is the colonies time to be called to pay for expenses.The colonies are part of England. In everything they are British. Dr. Samuel Johnson(Document 4) used this fact to support Parliament’s ability to tax the colonies. The colonists areentitled to all English rights. If the colonists are governed by English laws, regulated by Englishcouncil, and protected by the English army, shouldn’t they also pay English taxes?