The French and Indian war was cause by many resulted tension in North America. French and British imperials and colonist sought to extend each country’s sphere of influence in frontier regions. Their origin in the trade with Native Americans, sparke the French and Indian war. “French claimed territory surrounding the Great Lake. They were hoping to succeed from the furs trade with the Indians. And the war began with French and their Indians allies Indians allies, “(the majority of peoples in the Northeast and upper Midwest”) attacking British frontier settlements. The Seven year’s War did not began good for the British. So the governor from British order General Edward Braddock 's to go to the colonies as the
There was another by-product of the war for Britain; her national debt more than doubled during the course of the conflict. At a time when Britain was starting to bend beneath the weight of the debt, it was only a matter of time before parliament looked to the colonies to help shoulder some of the price incurred in their defense. The Sugar and Stamp Acts were the first of many measures to tax the colonists. The Townshend Duties and the Tea Act would follow. While these measures outraged the colonists because of their monetary implications, it was the constitutional implications brought on by the Acts that were most offensive to the colonists. Until after the Seven Years War, the colonists had been left to essentially tax themselves. Now the colonists had a rallying cry, as they deplored the idea of no taxation without representation. In 1765 the Stamp Act Congress was held, and in a bid of utter defiance the representatives agreed that the colonial legislative assemblies alone had the right to tax the colonies. Parliament repealed the Stamp Act, but only after agreeing to pass the Declaratory Act, which informed the colonies that Britain did in fact have the right to legislate for the
There were several acts that were passed without the consideration of the colonists that would force them to pay a ridiculous amount of taxes to the British mainland. One of these acts was named the Stamp Act, which was enacted in 1765, forced the colonists to pay a tax on every piece of printed paper that they used. This would include legal documents, license, commercial contracts and newspapers in the tax. This tax mostly effected the wealthier and influential of the colonists and would force them to unite in opposition. There were several other acts that would be passed that would force the colonists to pay undue taxes to the British, such as the Quartering Act and the Tea
The reasons behind the sudden transition of England and it’s American colonies from allies to enemies is still debated today. When the colonies were first created they had a somewhat dependent relationship with the British. Trade was regulated through the British homeland while the British provided structure for the developing colonies. As salutary neglect came into play, the colonies became more independent in their ways by developing their own governments and laws. After the French and Indian War, the British economy dropped due to war expenses. The passing of the Stamp Act and all the taxes to follow were an attempt to create revenue for the British. This created tension between the colonists and the British government. The British government caused rebellion by trying to tax the colonists in ways that had not previously been done and by trying to control the colonies more closely than it previously had. The colonies were justified in waging war and breaking away from the British due to the unfair tyrant, burdensome taxes, and the aggressive behavior of the British.
The colonists did not mind the taxes as much because some of the items that were taxed were unnecessary, however they did mind that the British were using their power as an excuse to tax the people for no reason (controlling them). The people’s money was not used in a useful matter, it was used for nothing, just extra money for the British to have. “The raising of revenue… was never intended… Never did the British parliament, (until the passing of the Stamp act) think of imposing duties in America for the purpose of raising a revenue. The Townshend Acts claim the authority to impose duties on these colonies, not for the regulation of trade… but for the single purpose of levying money upson us.” (Document 2). The British just decided one day to just tax the colonies for no reason and the people had no say in it. Also, the British soldiers would come to Boston and take the Boston colonists jobs. Men and women would lose their jobs because the British would take it away from them, they were stealing people’s jobs. The British were taking their money and now their jobs after all the colonists did for them in the French and Indian war. That is not fair for them to run the people like that and it had to be
The French and Indian War altered greatly altered the political, economic, and ideological relations between Britain and its American colonies. In terms of politics, England suddenly began to get too involved in the well-being of the colonies and soon started to tax them heavily and impose new, unjust laws.
The French and Indian war caused debts among the British. The British realized that during the war the income from the colonies was insufficient (document F). After the war, the British needed certain ways in which to gain revenue. They imposed taxes on the Colonists. These taxes, in turn, caused a stir among Americans. The Stamp Act was a tax imposed on the colonists without representation (document H). Their liberties as English citizens were being denied. Radical Whigs would go as far to say it
Contrast and Compare the Causes and Outcomes of the French and Indian War, the American Revolution, and the War of 1812.
The French and Indian War caused Britain to go into debt. Parliament decided that the colonists had to take part in paying the debt. So, they passed acts that taxed British goods. When the colonists found out they had to pay taxes without representation, they were furious. One act that the colonists were upset by was the Stamp Act. The colonists´ reactions brewed up a lot of tension which led to the formation of the United States of America.
Around 1763, Britain was in immense debt from funding the 7 Years War (French and Indian War). Britain was lacking revenue and they decided that the colonists were responsible to help them since they took part in the war as well.. Britain started taxing the colonists by enacting many different acts until 1776. Colonists did not think very highly of these taxations and believed it was an infringement of their rights to tax them without their consent. Eventually, Colonists became so resistant to British Rule, that the Independence Movement was started. Colonists were upset acts were being imposed on them without consent . Their resentment from trade regulations grew thus leading to rebellion. Colonists attempted reconciling
The war had greatly enlarged Britain's debt so the government decided to implement taxes on the colonists. While the colonists were resentful of these taxes, the British felt the colonists should pay for their own defense. George Greenville's Program contained a series of acts including the Stamp Act which said any document must have a stamp on it. This action enraged many colonists. The outrage over the taxes was justified by the British government as necessary because of the amount of land they now had. (Document 5) That the huge increase in territory and population drove them to regulate trade. The British also saw the taxes as fair because the British were “protecting” the colonists. Many colonists such as Benjamin Franklin wanted the Stamp Act repealed because of its unfair taxing. (Document 6) Franklin called for an immediate repeal of the act in a letter to a friend. The taxation of the colonists was a significant change that cause the shift between the British and the
The Constitution enabled the colonists to be fairly represented in the government, a privilege that the British government denied the colonists. After the French and Indian War in 1754, Britain was left with a massive amount of debt. To raise revenue, Parliament enforced multiple acts on the colonies. Two of these acts were the Sugar Act and the Stamp Act. The Sugar Act taxed imported items while the Stamp Act taxed anything that was on paper. Being that the Stamp Act was a direct tax, it infuriated the colonists. The colonists believed
In the event of America’s victory in the American Revolution lead to the birth of a new nation. However, before the American Revolution the original colonies of America were already becoming impatient with British rule. This was mostly a result of a foreign country trying to rule people an ocean apart, and by rule this meant collecting taxes Americans found unfair. This rebellion against British rule became more prevalent from the passing of the Stamp Act of 1765 created mostly by George Greenville. The passing of this tax was Britain’s way of reinforcing their authority in the colonies and lessening their financial burden. However, from British standpoint that was not the sole purpose for the acts as they also wanted to build a defense
As part of the terms of the peace treaty that ended the war, the French government was forced to cede almost all of its holdings in North America, including Canada, to the victorious British Empire (CITE PEACE TERMS). Despite the fact that Britain was victorious and defeated its French adversaries, it was burdened with massive financial debt after seven years of continuous war against its enemies all around the globe. To finance this heavy debt, the British government in London introduced a number of financial measures that would aid in creating income. One of the first of these measures was the Stamp Act of 1765 which imposed a tax on the colonies by requiring that almost all printed materials be produced on stamped paper which came from London (STAMP ACT CITE). While the British government believed that this measure was a fair way to increase revenue from the colonies which had benefited from British protection through the length of the Seven Years War, many did not feel this way. The Stamp Act was met great resistance in the colonies due to the fact that the colonies had no representatives in Parliament, and therefore they had no influence over what taxes were raised, how they were levied, or how they would be spent (NO TAXATION WITHOUT REPRESENTATION QUOTE). Many colonists considered it a violation of their fundamental rights as British subjects since they were being taxed without
Parliament preceded to impose the Sugar Act of 1764, Stamp Act of 1765, Townshend Acts of 1767 and other legislation with the goal of lowering the debt. Colonists were infuriated, even though historically they paid much lower tax rates then other British subjects or citizens. The colonist argued that they could not be taxed due to “the colonies not electing members to parliament…therefore they were not represented”(Ambuske, “The Causes of the American Revolution”). The British relied upon virtual representation over the colonist and they didn’t accept it. They were done with a government thousands of miles away telling them what they could and couldn’t do.