From 1750-1776 there was anger brewing in Britain’s North American Colonies. Although not all of the 13 colonies were in agreement with the idea of separating from Britain; oppressive British laws caused a need to unify, British actions sparked resistance, and the failure of salutary neglect which led to mercantilism created the path to independence.
Politically, oppressive British laws caused a need for the colonies to unify. At the Albany Congress Benjamin Franklin used the Join or Die propaganda to push the colonies towards unity (A). Benjamin Franklin’s use of the Join or Die propaganda caused the colonists to unify because it showed the colonies divided into pieces of a snake and if they were to be united then they would become whole. During the French and Indian War the American Colonies were forced by Britain to fight against the French and their Indian allies. The French and Indian War was the first time that the colonies had to unite with each other to fight the enemy thereby beginning the unification of the colonies. However, after the war the colonists began to see Britain as a common enemy. The Proclamation of 1763 signed by Britain as well as all of the taxes Britain had enforced upon the colonists made the colonists realize how much they were giving up to Britain and gave them a reason to unite as a sovereign nation. The Proclamation of 1763 said that the colonists could not go past the Appalachian Mountains. This irritated the colonists because it made them think that Britain was taking away their rights. Overtime the colonists decided to join together because they did not feel that they were even getting virtual representation in British parliament. The colonists decided that they would rather make their own choices rather than be controlled by Britain.
The First Continental Congress met in 1774 and had no intention of discussing their separation from Britain but to instead get onto better terms with the