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French And Indian War Essay

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What started as the French and Indian War soon widened and spread into Europe becoming known also as the 7 Years War. It all began when the British government sent troops in to defend the colonists. Many problems arose when the colonist became enraged with imposed taxes and their unrepresented position in parliament. The results of the war were long lasting later leading to the start of the Revolutionary War. The French and Indian War had great economic, political and ideological effects on the American colonies.
The political results of the war had many long lasting effects on Britain and the American colonies. English debt lead to unfair taxation of the colonists. After 1763, English colonies began to control the new world. This had a major impact on the political ...view middle of the document...

Prior to the French and Indian War, the Wool, Hat, and Iron Acts forced the Americans to ship their raw the material to Britain, only to later buy the finished products from them. Heavy British taxation soon caused the colonists to abandoned mercantilism and fight back. The Stamp Act required that stamps be placed on most printed documents in the colonies. This was the first imposed tax on the colonists. The Stamp Act enraged many of the colonists, and as Benjamin Franklin states, they wanted to "get it repealed" as soon as possible. The Sugar Act was also passed. It placed duties on forging sugar and certain luxuries. Its main purpose was to raise money for the crown, and provide stricter enforcement of the Navigation acts to stop smuggling.

Although colonial ideological values toward Britain began to change during the war, the colonists' ability to go through with the boycotts proved they could unite to make change. All the taxation and regulation added to the resentment colonists already felt prior to the Proclamation of 1763. After the War the colonists had a sense of relief and great fullness as rev Thomas Barnard show the colonists had nothing to say in response to the mother country. Later the colonists resented the constant attention, with the French defeated the British empire turned all its attention to its colonies.
The French and Indian War set its colonies on a course of change which led them into American Revolution. Ideologically, it brought up colonial feelings of resentment toward Britain. It also changed the political relationship between England and its colonists because the English were forced to unfairly tax them due to their economical struggles. The colonists in turn, boycotted, thus further damaging their economic relationship with their British mainland.

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