British Policies Chart

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Policy| Importance| Colonial Response| Impact on Growing Colonial Unity| Salutary Neglect| Salutary Neglect let the United States grow on its own in order to become a more powerful and independent nation.| Colonies felt more independent. Established Separate Governments| Brought the colonies together due to the “American Independent Spirit”| The Proclamation of 1763| Restricted Colonists from moving past the Appalachian Mts.| Ignored the Proclamation| Common hatred of Great Britain.| Grenville Acts| Extended the navigation acts, placed imposts on foreign molasses, and increased duty on sugar, regulated English manufactures, and prohibited trade between America and St Pierre and Miquelon.| Angered the colonists and made them feel restricted and controlled.| Increase in taxes caused all the colonies to feel anger towards Great Britain. The colonies would all want to defy the British.| Townsend Duties| To raise revenue in the colonies to pay the salaries of governors and judges so that they would be independent of colonial rule| Resulted in the Boston Massacre | Inspired colonies to join together and led to the American Revolution | Sugar Acts| A revision of the unenforced Molasses Act of 1733, it imposed new duties on sugar and molasses imported into the colonies from non-British Caribbean sources| The colonists either boycotted sugar or smuggled it from other countries.

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Stamp Tax| Required that many printed materials in the colonies be produced on stamped paper produced in London, carrying an embossed revenue stamp| The Colonists were angered by the Stamp tax because they did not want to pay more taxes for other stamps.| Another cause leading to the American Revolution| Stamp Act Congress| The Stamp Act Congress was a meeting on October 19, 1765 in New York City of representatives from among the Thirteen Colonies. They discussed and acted upon the Stamp Act recently passed by the governing Parliament of Great Britain|...
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