HIST101 Final - 1 of 4 The Great War for Empire evolved from the Seven Years War and the French and Indian War The Great War for Empire completely

HIST101 Final - 1 of 4 The Great War for Empire evolved...

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1 of 4 The Great War for Empire evolved from the Seven Years’ War and the French and Indian War. The Great War for Empire completely changed the connection of the British crown and the American colonies. This war spread to Europe, and was fought between Britain, Prussia, France, Spain, and Austria. All of these countries were furiously working to increase their empire, but in the New World, Britain had the most ambitious intentions. The French to the north were the common enemy of the British and American colonists. French Canada had expanded west of the Mississippi River. Their claims staked to the lands of North America was much more than that of Britain and the American colonies. This was of great concern to the British crown and Americans. Brody & Henretta (2009) inform us that Britain used the threat of French expansion to foster an alliance with the American colonies to utilize colonial manpower to fight a war against the French (Pg. 119). This proved very successful for the crown. The British and American colonist coalition scored victory after victory against the French. Britain continued to exploit this alliance during the war, which caused the colonists to become increasingly dependent upon British resources. Britain needed a way to fund its army during the Great War for Empire. They accomplished this by implementing many different taxes upon the American colonists. These taxes became more and more outlandish and expensive for the colonists. The British taxes meant to fund the Great War for Empire ended up causing their allies to revolt against them within the following decade.

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