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Globalyceum Unit 3 notes: The American Revolution and Constitution, 1750-1790Main overview: long and troubled road for Americans from British colonists to citizens of new republic1776 & by end of American Rev.: most Americans developed hatred for British & their imperialismBiggest misconception about American Rev.: that it began at start of War of Independence & ended when British surrendered in 1783John Adams: argues American Rev. began in 1760s until 19thcent.Section 1: “A Mighty Empire! I Do Not Mean An Independent One”1754: British Empire renewed chronic warfare against French for power around globe + in Europe7 Years War: began in 1754oPrimary goal: conquest of French Canada; Britain also sought to improve coordination within colonies & greater enlistment of colonial menoPeace treaty of 1763: French surrendered Canada( + territory around Great Lakes)& Ohio Valley to BritishSecured Florida from SpanishDuring 1760s: few colonists expected/wanted independence from empire that had been sobeneficial for them + seemed powerful & prosperousRelative abundance of land = most free men owned farm/shop had right to voteoIn older England + Scotland, most men rented land/work for wages lacked full political rightsBritish officers and officials: disappointed that so many colonists performed poorly during recent waroRegarded colonial regiments as poorly trained, insubordinate, & ineffective in combatoRelied on colonial troops to build roads & repair fortsNavigation Acts:o