Imperial Crisis and Risitance to British Rule

Topics: American Revolution, Mercantilism, Stamp Act 1765 Pages: 3 (920 words) Published: October 8, 2013
Rougui Barry
APUSH Essay
10/1/2013
The economic issues provoked the American Revolution in numerous divergent ways. The Seven years’ war also known as the French and Indian war, led to economic imbalance in North America and the mother country England. During the French and Indian war the British had to use a lot of money to fund the war. After the war was over and the British had successfully beaten the French, England had a drastic economic downfall because of all of the money they had used during the war. England had a simple solution to all of their problems; they had tax their colonies in order to be refunded back for the war. The disputes over trade, government control, and taxes eventually led to the American Revolution and shaped the way America is today. To start off with, England an imperialistic nation had total control over the colonies after they had successfully won the war. England Started implementing the mercantile system in the colonies to have control over trade. England had an imperialistic mindset of becoming powerful by limiting the trade for the colonies. Mercantilism is believed to increase the nation wealth by having a substantial amount of exports and fewer amounts of imports. This mercantile system heavily outraged the colonists because they could not make a profit for personal needs. It hindered their ability to sell to other countries and of them making an abundant amount of money for their own produced goods. Basically the colonists were broke. The colonies produced things that cannot be produced back at home, such as: raw materials, tobacco, rice, indigo, and sugar. The Navigation Laws were being strictly enforced by the Prime Minister George Grenville. The British were occupied by the wars that were occurring and they did not enforce the navigation acts. The colonists stopped following the laws. Smuggling and bribing became significant in the colonies. The colonies started trading with non-British colonies. After the Seven...
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