French and Indian War

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The French and Indian war (1754-1763) altered the relationship between Britain and its North American colonies. Assess this change with regard to TWO of the following in the period between 1763 and 1775. (Land acquisition, Politics, Economics)

Thesis: After The French and Indian war and the relationship between Britain and the Northern American colonies worsened, land acquisition and economics made a great impact in the period between 1763 and 1775.

In 1763 one of the first things on the colonists’ minds was the great western frontier, which Britain won over when the French ceded the contested territory. The Proclamation of 1763 did little to make that happen and made things worse for the colonists. The proclamation closed the frontier to colonial expansion. This kept the Indians with their own land and the Colonists along the Eastern seaboard. The colonists were banned from moving west of the Appalachian Mountains, meaning that settlers in the Ohio Valley had to move back further east closer to the seaboard.

The Sugar Act did much more damage economically to the American settlers. This act taxed any sugar or molasses that came into the colonies. England came to the realization that since England fought in America during the French and Indian War the American Colonists should have to pay taxes to pay for the cost of war. Many colonists were also being born in America, causing them to believe they were less British. These taxes only pushed the colonists away from want a British heritage. During this time the Currency act also did little to help economic growth. Parliament banned the colonies from printing their own money, which would have given the colonists an easier opportunity to pay off their debts.
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