The Involvement of Great Britain in the Colonies

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Unlike the settlements of other European states, the British colonies in America developed mostly on their own. During that time, very seldom did the king get more involved than assigning land charters. It was not until about 1650 that a monarch, King Charles II, took a step to become more involved with the self-governing colonies as a result of his brother James’s encouragement to assign a committee to oversee them. About a century after 1650, which was marked by the end of the French and Indian War, the distant relationship between Britain and its colonies had evolved immensely. Initially, the only ties between Great Britain and the colonies were of a financial nature. The growth and prosperity the English settlers had achieved attracted the eyes of Parliament, and soon, they decided they wanted to get in on the action. In 1660, Parliament passed a new policy, the Navigation Act, that required all colonial trade to be carried on English ships and the act even stated a list of enumerated goods that could only be shipped to England or one of their colonies. Additionally, Parliament had also passed laws that required any European goods, that were not from the British, to be channeled through England before reaching the colonies. While in England, the products’ taxes would increase and make them much more expensive than before, which was meant to promote the sales of British merchandise. Both of these laws had the purpose of one thing: to help make the English wealthy by producing more transactions between the two. Creating laws, however, was not the only way the English colonists were persuaded to spend. British merchants would also extend credit to the colonies, increasing confidence in their ability to spend and ultimately, to... ... middle of paper ... ...er 8th, in the year of 1760 and the colonists adoration for their country reached its ultimate peak. After the win of the French and Indian war, colonists could not have been more proud to be connected and to have been started by Great Britain. By the end of the 1760, a strong bond between the European country and its colonies was made. What had started off as a non-existent relation had blossomed into a mutually beneficial financial tie, to a relationship where people who modeled themselves after their homeland’s class, and finally into a strong bond in which the colonies adored their place of origin. The victorious outcome of the war had sealed an important connection between those in America and those in Europe. Changes made during the period of the evolving relationship became part of the colonists culture and affected how America would develop from then on.

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