British American Identity

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American colonists mainly originated from England and considered themselves subjects of the English empire. However, acts from the Continental Congress began to question British authority, people of differing cultures freely mixed and the British government increased their taxation policies after the French and Indian War. Therefore, between 1750-1776 colonists increasingly moved away from being loyal to England and developed a unique American identity. Throughout the 17th and 18th centuries Americans developed a unique system of government with revolutionary ideals – never seen anywhere else before. Americans adopted representative governments with democratic principles that allowed each person to have a voice in the decisions about their country. This atmosphere of new ideas and new political rights fostered a growing sense of a unique American identity – not found anywhere else. By the eve of the American Revolution, colonists had embraced a new identity – completely different from their English roots – that helped fuel their resistance against Britain; however, plagued by petty disagreements and discouraged by the large Loyalist population, the Americans were never able to effectively unite against the British. During the early 18th century, the British government adopted a policy of “salutary neglect” toward the colonies, which gave Americans freedom to develop their own political systems – as long as they followed the ideas of Mercantilism. When the first colonies
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