Maddy Krentz 9/25/2008 T.A.- Ashton Ellett There were numerous groups that moved out into the part of the American frontier spanning from Pennsylvania down through the Carolinas, including the Regulators in the Carolinas and the Paxton Boys in Pennsylvania. Most of the settlers were European, and they were looking for land away from the established eastern settlements. Once the ?frontiersmen? had settled, they began forming small towns, and they wanted representation in the representative assemblies in the colonies. However, the assemblies were controlled by lawyers, clerks, and other high-end figures, and they weren?t allowing the frontiersmen to have any representation in their assembly. Not only did the frontiersmen not get representation, but the local assemblies were taxing and collecting fees from all of the residents in the area to pay for judicial expenses .1 The Regulators were a group of frontiersmen who were brought together, by the local assembly, to keep the people farther west safe from the outlaw gangs that had been forming in the area. Once they hand cleaned up the frontier, they continued to band together and staged a series of attacked on eastern settlements trying to get representation and better treatment. The assembly and the governor realized that the Regulators had a legitimate claim for how they were being mistreated, so they made the reforms needed.1 In places like Paxton, Pennsylvania, the taxes and fees being collected were being spent on ?protecting? the natives that were living peacefully there. This practice outraged the frontiersmen who were living farther west than Philadelphia because they had had conflicts with the natives during Pontiac?s Rebellion. The Paxton Boys, as they were called, took matters into their own hands, but instead of attacking the natives that they had been in conflict with, they began attacking peaceful native civilizations that were being protected with the tax money being collected. After attacking a few native civilizations, the Paxton Boys marched towards Philadelphia, where Benjamin Franklin talked with their leaders and convinced them to disband.2 ?To the Inhabitants of the Province of North-Carolina? "A declaration and remonstrance of the distressed and bleeding frontier inhabitants of the province of Pennsylvania"
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