In What Ways Did the French and Indian War Alter the Plitical, Economic, and Ideological Relations Between Britain and Its American Colonies

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Between the years of 1740-1766, the political, economic, and ideological relations between Britain and the American colonies were altered in effect of the French and Indian war due to the British bringing in more troops to control the expanding colonies; controlling the trade and enforcing taxation; along with the unfair treatment of the colonists threatening their rights as Englishmen. The relationship between Britain and its American colonies altered both in positive and negative ways. This can be proven with the provided documents. The British defeated the French in 1763, and acquired their land up to the Mississippi river. This gain of land required the British to send more troops to maintain control in the colonies. This increase of British involvement also meant that Britain was in debt and believed that because they protected the colonists, they should help repay Britain. After the colonist established their own representative governments during the period of salutary neglect, they did not need this much British involvement. This led the colonist to believe they had no political rights or involvement of their own affairs. However on the other hand, a George Washington addresses General Edward Braddock, hoping to enroll a military career under his command. Also Reverend Thomas Barnard showed his delight of the victory over the French and stated that the colonies were now “Safe from the Enemy of the Wilderness…” during one of his sermons. This shows that not all colonists believed that British involvement had a negative impact, because Washington wanted to enlist as a ‘British’ soldier in the colonies and Barnard thought the children of New England should be grateful of “our indulgent Mother, who has most generously rescued and protected us…” Soon after the war the British began to strictly regulate trade and began to enact taxes such as the Stamp Act. This angered many of the colonists and they began to protest against ‘taxation without representation’....
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