After all the war had been fought to protect their land, that is the land of the Ohio River Valley. However, even before the French and Indian War had ended the political harmony that was once between the colonies and the British was already being broken down, due to all of the new acts that were passed in accordance with the mercantile theory of economics. This theory of economics said that colonies are only here to serve and glorify their mother country, in this case Britain. This lead to Britain's passing of the Navigation Laws. These laws mandated that all goods from the colonies had to be carried by British ships, thus making British merchants rich and important because everybody wanted goods form the New World and now they would have to go threw Britain to get them.
The British Parliament was exploiting its colonies to pay for the war debt accrued from the French and Indian War. The Americans felt the British had too much control over them with all the taxes they imposed, so they went to war. Money was certainly one of the major causes of the American Revolution. The Americans won when Lord Cornwallis surrendered at Yorktown when surrounded by American and French troops. A peace treaty wasn't signed until two years later, when Great Britain formally recognized independence.
The empire experienced economic difficulties after the Seven Years’ War, which involved conflicts with both the French and Indians. The empire ensured themselves control of international markets with the colonies benefiting financially (Bentley, et al., 2008). They decided to tax the British subjects to help defer cost of the wars. The colonials became angry about the new taxes, and refused to use British goods. In 1774, the Continental Congress was formed, and in 1776, the colonies declared their independence, proclaiming “that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.
Let us travel back before the Revolutionary War, to the start of the French and Indian War. This is the only way to understand the future of the American Colonies, and ultimately the causes of the American Revolution. After the war, Britain had emerged as the world’s leading power, however, Britain’s national debt tripled. In order to relieve the heavy burden, the British decided to tax the American Colonies. This taxation caused massive rebellion by the Americans, and ultimately warfare.
This was closely followed by the Declaratory Act that allowed the taxing of the colonies and the Intolerable Acts made by the British. They all had strong influences in the economics of the country that led to the Revolutionary War. In 1754, the British fought the French for the final of four wars in what we know as the French and Indian War. It was a fight to see who would rule in North America, and it was eventually won by the British. Despite their victory, the British were forced into debt, and their solution to get out of it involved one thing: taxing the colonies.
The American Revolution was a momentous event that changed the face of the whole world. Though the Revolutionary War lasted only a few short years, the American Revolution was a process that started long before the first shots of war were fired. The rebellion was permeated with the legacy of colonial political ideals, aggravated by parliamentary taxation, escalated by the restriction of American civil liberties and ignited by British military measures. England had a hard time controlling its American colonies from the very beginning, leaving them to develop relatively on their own for several generations. The North American continent is close to 3,000 miles away from England and the trip from England to American by boat in the 1600s took six to eight weeks if not longer.
Independence of Britain was definitely not impossible for the American colonists at this point. In 1763, Britain defeated France in the French and Indian war, which led to major economic debt for Britain. To appease their debt, Britain tried taxing the colonies starting with the Stamp Act. According to the Stamp Act, colonists had to pay for authorized stamps on all of the public documents. In an act of rebellion towards the British as a result of the Stamp Act, there was a boycott on the goods that Britain was taxing, which later pushed Parliament to revoke the Stamp Act in 1766.
Paine believed that it was necessary for the colonies to separate from England. The colonists had endured various taxes instituted by the British Parliament. If the colonies separated from England they could become more profitable by trading with all of the European nations including Spain and France, which were important 18th century economic forces. Roughly three years before the pamphlet was published, January 1776, the French and Indian War came to a conclusion, February 1763. This left a horrific sum of debt on the shoulders of the British, who promptly decided that the colonies were the main beneficiaries, and therefore should have to pay for it through taxes such as the Sugar Act, a tax on sugar.
First, let’s look at the lead up to the Revolutionary War For more than a decade before the outbreak of the American Revolution in 1775, tensions had been building between colonists and the British authorities. Attempts by the British government to raise revenue by taxing the colonies, notably the Stamp Act of 1765 which raised taxes on all things mostly paper and of course stamps, and the Tea Act of 1773 which taxed all tea import... ... middle of paper ... ... a later time, bringing the American Revolution to a close after eight long years. In conclusion this has been a brief summary of the Revolutionary War to its beginnings and how it got started to, to important battles, and how such a War ended. This has been just a simple look at one of the most important Wars of all time and how such a war could even come into existence in the first place. As I was learning in class and through my source about this event it really struck me as who was really right in the situation, as some could say the taxes only came from the fact Britain needed money after supporting the colonies with France in the Seven Year War, however, this being said it still was an interesting look to see the important events and dates that made such a moment in history.
American colonists questioned many of Britain's laws and beliefs after the French and Indian War. The war brought Britain into a deep debt. As recalled in the articles I read, the Stamp Act was enforced by the British, and was supposed to show that Britain and the Colonies would be unified. Using a little of my own knowledge I found that the British wanted to decrease their debt, and the Americans felt it was irrational. I found it to be quite ironic how the British helped train George Washington in the Military Profession during the French and Indian War because in later years he was one of the many significant people who helpe... ... middle of paper ... ... French and Indian War shaped the political society between the American colonists and Great Britain.