The Decolonization Of England

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After the French and Indian War in 1763, the price of financing the colonies soared to £350,000 a year. (C&G 95) Although England was pouring a vast amount of money into colonizing America, it was receiving relatively little, despite the growing wealth of the states. The members of Parliament reasoned that since so much money was being spent for the Americans, perhaps they should help pay off the debt that had been acquired in their defense. The Americans, who had until then had quite a bit of freedom to govern themselves, were heavily opposed to taxation or government from England. While they didn't mind having England oversee their international trade and solve their various problems, England was too distant to effectively govern the constantly expanding states. Furthermore, the English Government consisted mainly of aristocrats who were only seeking to increase their personal wealth.
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