French and Indian War Dbq Essay

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Throughout the French and Indian War (1754-1763), the relationship between the British and the American colonies underwent many radical changes. This war drew the British into America to fight the French alongside of the American colonists. Once the fighting began, the vast economic, political, and ideological differences between the colonists and their mother country of Great Britain surfaced. The French and Indian War impacted the political correlation between Britain and the American colonies because the colonies desired a new democratic government in place of the former English monarchy. Additionally, the war altered the economic relations between the two because of the establishment of numerous British taxations to pay for the war …show more content…
However, the Proclamation Line only caused the colonists to act with anger and defiance and after the French and Indian War, thousands streamed west beyond the imaginary line to defy the prohibition, altering the political relationship between Britain and the colonists. Before the war began in 1754, France owned a large portion of land in North America. After their defeat, the majority of France’s claims went to England. With an increased amount of settled land, England needed a larger revenue to support the colonies. In 1763 the British Order in Council wrote “... we find that the revenue arising therefrom is very small and inconsiderable, ... and is not yet sufficient to defray a fourth part of the expense necessary for collecting it. We observe with concern that through neglect, connivance, and fraud, not only is revenue impaired, but the commerce of the colonies diverted from its natural coarse” (Document F). England became aware of the fact that the revenue from the war only offset about a quarter of the costs. Great Britain had fallen into substantial debt and tried to compensate by placing their financial burdens onto the shoulders of the colonists. The British placed new taxations on the colonists such as the Sugar Act, Stamp Act, and Tea Act. The

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