French and Indian War Dbq

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Joshua Tucker
AP US History
DBQ: French and Indian War
The French and Indian War began in 1754 and ended in 1763. The name “French and Indian War,” was one later adopted by the Americans and the British. Relations between the American and British were substantially altered politically, economically, and ideologically. The aftermath of this war was the tipping point that catapulted the Americans to revolution. From a political standpoint, the Americans and the British did not see eye-to-eye. In 1763, King George of Britain issued the Proclamation Line. The Proclamation Line was an imaginary line that separated the colonists from the Indians. The initial purpose of the Proclamation Line was to ensure that there was no conflict between the colonists and the Native Americans. Although it may have looked good on paper, colonists felt as if they were confined to staying in the thirteen colonies. The British Empire had expanded greatly and it would have only been fair if their own citizens could occupy the land instead of having to split it with the Native Americans (Document A.) This was bad for those who were saving up money to move out and buy land. The Indians on the other hand felt as if it was their land. Indian Chief Canassatego knew that their land was something valuable and that people sought after. He also states how they had never given up their land or sold it to anybody. (Document B.) The fact of the matter is that the Proclamation Line was something that needed to happen in order to avoid conflict with the Indians. One of the most famous protests was the Boston Tea Party in which some of the members of the Sons of Liberty went to the Boston Harbor and dumped all of the excess tea on the boats into the harbor. After the Boston Tea Party, the Parliament passed the Coercive Acts or the Intolerable Acts in the colonies. These acts were the Boston Port Act, which closed the port of Boston from all trade in and out of the colony, the Massachusetts...
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