From 1805 to 1808 Napoleon fought in battles that left only Great Britain out of his control. He began to run into problems trying to capture Great Britain. Trying to destroy the British economy Napoleon put his Continental system into place, which was a plan to cut off British sea trade. The British Navy was superior and Napoleon lost. This is said to be the start of his downfall.
To understand the American War for Independence, we have to look at the time period of 1763, with the signing of the Treaty of Paris, to 1776, with the signing of the Declaration of Independence. We also have to realize that the Seven Years’ War had a profound effect upon the American Colonies and their political standings. It is because of this war that Britain was forced to change its colonial policies, which in turn led the Americans to become revolutionaries. The Seven Years’ War itself showed the American Colonialists that they could unite together against a common foe, it just so happened that Britain did not expect to be one of them. I hope to show how the Seven Years’ War was the triggering effect that started both Britain and America on the path to war.
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.
The morale boost amongst colonists didn’t last long. In 1763 a powerful Ottawa chief allied with several other Indian tribes waged war on the British capturing every fort west of Detroit forcing colonists east... ... middle of paper ... ...at the colonies bore the right to tax and legislate themselves. Additionally, an agreement was reached to once again cut off all trade until the Coercive Acts were repealed. Soon after the forming of the First Continental Congress, it was evident that colonists were slowly gaining the upper hand and replacing royal authority in America. The king declared that the colonists were officially in a state of rebellion.
Almost all of the fighting on the American continent had taken place in New France (which would one day become Canada), leaving the Colonies relatively unscathed. The most important similarity between the causes for the revolutions was the ill will felt by the lower classes towards the monarchy and its associated aristocracy. Both England and France were teetering on the edge of bankruptcy after the war, leading to abominable taxation rates and... ... middle of paper ... ... III and America." Historian (Spring 2005): 20-26. History Study Center.
The reign of Louis XVI would further this debt, while also creating a greater divide between the estates of France by placing the heavy burden of repaying much of the new debt on the poorest class of France, the Third Estate. Participation in another war, only ten years prior to the French Revolution would create even more debt for France as they entered the American War of Independence, again with funding from loans that would need to be paid soon thereafter. Throughout this period of debt creation within France, society worsened in many ways due to the inability of the nation, from royalty to the Third Estate, to evolve economically, socially and agriculturally. With this overall sense of decline throughout France, a nearly unanimous desire amongst France’s Third Estate, the most populous, was to pa... ... middle of paper ... ...onomic Origins of the French Revolution: Poverty or Prosperity? Lexington: D. C. Heath and Company, 1958.
McDougall, Walter A. Throes of Democracy: The American Civil War Era 1829-1877. New York: Harper Perennial, 2008. Print. McPherson, James M. Abraham Lincoln.
During this time, Britain was at war with Napoleon and wanted to hurt France economically. To do so, Britain tried to restrict French trade with other nations, including America. “Not content with these occasional expedients for laying waste our neutral trade, the cabinet of Britain resorted at length to... ... middle of paper ... ...ended the hatred between American and British soldiers. Although America did not win The War of 1812, due to the Battle of Lake Erie, they did not lose it. The war was caused by the impressment of American soldiers, blockades on American trade, and Indian slaughters on the American frontier.