Once in America, the British fought many wars, including the French and Indian War in 1754, which left Britain in great debt. It was only fair to tax the colonies because the war was fought on American soil. It was only for the American freedom and to exile the French, but the Colonists took this the wrong way and declared the separation between them and the British Parliament. The Colonists should have never wanted independence from Great Britain, because in reality, Britain was providing freedom. “All they asked for was loyalty and money for debt due to the war’ (Gregg 1).
Along with pride and territory, British impressment of American sailors was another issue the Americans needed to deal with. The British was forcibly drafting American sailors at sea. Another goal America had in joining the War was to reestablish and secure trade routes with France. The English was blocking American trade with France. Both the impressment of American Sailors and blocking trade with France was spilling over policies England had adopted during the prosecution of the war with France.
Alliances divided Europe between Great Britain and Prussia against Austria along with the French. King George, having to accept defeat, had no choice, but to allow William Pitt take control over the situation in the New World. Pitt exhausted Britain’s funds to try to gain security that the English would win the war and used British naval ships over sea to help strengthen the English army. His efforts to defeat the French were a success and he was able to conquer Fort Niagara, Crown Point, Fort Duquesne (later renamed Fort Pitt), and Canada. The Treaty of Paris was an established agreement that stated what regions of the New World belonged to which countries resolving peace in Europe.
They also knew Britain was still reeling from the debt payments for the last war and would have difficulty raising revenue for a new one. Perhaps the biggest help was France entering the war on the colonists’ side, tying up shipping in the rich Caribbean colonies and providing experienced military men and materiel. 2. Britain also had advantages in the conflict, perhaps most notably in the form of the Loyalists. These were colonists who,
Henry’s Persuasive Etiquette What technique sent unhappy colonists into battle ready patriots? After the French-Indian War Britain needed a way to restore their lost funds. One bad financial plan after another led to the brink of revolution, Patrick Henry convinced Virginia to go to war through a certain method. In Patrick Henry’s “Speech to the Virginia Convention”, ethos was the most effective persuasive technique because it made the unfair British occupation something everyone can relate to and promoted the character of the American people. By using ethos, Henry makes what he urged more personal.
The French and Indian War marked a major turning point in American relations with Britain, with changes such as increased British control and anti-British beliefs, but also continuities such as a loyalty to Britain. The war eventually led to the elimination of the French property in America and the heavy taxation of colonists by the British. At the end of the war, the French ceded all of its land in North America east of the Mississippi River to Britain. This meant that Britain had practically completed their control over North America (the French kept two islands). This was a major change for the British-American relations as it allowed Britain to tighten its control over the colonies.
‘“If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace.”’. According to the pamphlet, “The American Crisis”, by Thomas Paine, the need for the American colonists to act against Great Britain is due to Britain’s overpowering rule and the need for a revolution to change the faith of the colonists living in dismay. Thomas Paine describes the overpowering rule of Great Britain as detrimental and destructive to the American colonies. “...declared she has a right… TAX but ‘to BIND us in ALL CASES WHATSOEVER’ … is not slavery, then is there not such a thing as slavery on earth.” The analogy of the American colonists as slaves demonstrates the harsh living situations they were subjected to which creates ethos in the work by
Another reason the French and Indian war helped start the oncoming American Revolution was all of the boycotts as a result of Britain trying to increase its revenue from the colonists and crawl out of debt. The boycotts of British products - hurting the British mercantile system- were much more effective after the French and Indian War and the fact that the French lost the war made France more interested in helping the colonists in the American Revolution (Brinkley, 112-113). The money France offered proved to be a key piece to the colonies gaining their independence from Britain. Without the French and Indian war it’s doubtful the American Revolution would ever have
There are many events that caused the American Revolution. It would be hard to mark to anyone’s action that peculiarly led to the colonial break with the American colonists. There is also no doubt that from the American view, the American colonies existed to be used and oppressed to fulfill Great Britain’s mercantile policy. The American revolution was imminent. The British victory in the French and Indian War, which was also known as the Seven Year’s War, had a great impact on the British Empire.
While on the other corner of the ring, the Federalists believed that the newly founded country would run best if the national government was strong and powerful and in effect if the Constitution was loosely interpreted. This started a series of issues between the two opposing sides with the Federalists pretty much winning every issue. From the issue of funding the war debt, whether a bank of America should be created, to the Alien and Sedition Act; the two sides did not see eye to eye. However, when Jefferson became president, it could be argued that the same abuse of power that he criticized the Federalists to have done could be argued against his own presidency. It is more than fair to say that Jefferson was a hypocrite not only from a Federalist standpoint but also from the
The Navigational Acts were a set of laws to make sure that Great Britain would profit from trade instead of any other country. The downside to The Navigational Acts were that the colonies were still relying on Britain. There were already taxes set on so many things; stamp act, sugaring act, quartering act, and