The French-Indian War of 1754-1763 resulted in political, ideological, and economic alterations within Britain and its American colonies. The French and Indian War, also referred to as The Seven Years War, began with British and French conflicts across the Ohio River Valley, as both nations wanted to claim the land for themselves. The first blood of the French-Indian War began with multiple British failures, including Washington’s dreadful defeat at Fort Necessity and General Braddock’s failed attempt at conquering Fort Duquesne, in which he died along with two-thirds of his army (Document C). The British would, however, gain momentum in 1759 with multiple victories, including their most significant triumph, Quebec.
The English colonies lacked full support from the crown of England, which in turn helped set up local government, and local interests, including the economics of the region. The English settled up and down the Atlantic coast line, and in accordance to the region of where the colony was located had much to do with their economics. The New England, middle, Chesapeake, southern, and British West Indies colonies all had different economic interests. The New England colonies primary motive for establishment through economics was to develop profitable trading centers.
The British were low on money from the French and Indian war, so Charles Townshend decided place a duty, or tax, on certian goods the colonies imported from Great Britain. Glass, paint, paper, and tea were a few of the taxed items. The colonists were not happy that they were getting taxed without their consent. Sameul Adams helped convince the colonies to start a boycott. Women played a very important part in the boycott.
The early Americans were pushed to seek liberty through a revolution because of the constant mistreatment caused by the British, unfair taxation and lack of governmental representation. As the population of the thirteen British colonies in America grew, colonial settlements expanded westward. This expansion caused many conflicts between the British colonists, other European colonists and Native Americans. After the French and Indian war, the British king along with Parliament had thought it best to tighten their control on their colonies in America. Once Britain control became more prevalent in America, so did the desire for revolution.
“The purpose of the United States Constitution is to limit the power of the federal government not the American people.” – The Federalist Papers. Our government is not the exact same way it was from the very beginning of its creation. It has changed dramatically over the course of about two-hundred years, as said in the video, “The Constitution must change for challenges in the future.” Truthfully, it has been changed and adapted to meet the ever changing needs of our society.
The British government was not looking for the best of the people. They were only thinking about what they wanted; the government was not interested in what the people wanted so they decided to make decisions on their own, which resulted in changes that form the United States today. Because of this, they were justified in rebelling and declaring independence. One reason why the colonists decided to rebel and declare independence was because of taxation.
In the mid 1860’s, Great Britain’s attitude towards her colonies was changed. Opinions were divided that the Colonies were an advantage to the Great Britain. Some politicians wanted to keep the colonies because it could profit them for having fur and materials. But some wanted them to be independent so they could pay for their own government and defence.
Many Americans and British have different opinions on what went on and who was right in the American Revolution. Americans thought they were right and so did the British. The American Revolution went on from 1775 to 1783. The very first battle, Lexington and Concord, was “a shot heard around the world.” Coming back to our opinions, were the American colonists justified to break off of Britain?
For 10 years or so years, Great Britain experienced a deteriorating relationship with her 13 colonies in North America. The Revolutionary War was a direct cause of this poor relationship. There were many events that caused turmoil but there were several key events that turned the table. British Parliament, in 1765, adopted the Stamp Act, which levied taxes on paper for to generate higher revenue from the colonies. The colonies responded with the Stamp Act Congress who simply opposed this legislation.
To the population, war is when you are told what to fight for, and a revolution is when you decide for yourself. On April 19, 1775 was the day that America had decided for itself that we needed to be independent, the start of the American Revolution. The American revolution was over in about eight years. After the war Americans had decided to turn its focus inward and decide on what government they wanted and what America as a country would become. That is how the articles of confederation came to be on March 1, 1781 and of course like everything it had it’s pros, cons and results.
Colonies and Their Mother Country Although the conflict between Great Britain and her North American colonies rooted from economic, political and social reasons, economic played the strongest role followed by political and to a lesser extent social reasons. There wasn’t just one problem that lead to the rebellion of the colonists; many factors contributed like the acts imposed by Great Britain. The colonies were used to support their mother country economically, providing goods and a market. After the French and Indian War, Britain began enforcing mercantilism on the colonies.