02-6-06 Hist105

02-6-06 Hist105 - Revolutionary Stirrings Each colony...

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Revolutionary Stirrings Each colony enjoyed representative local government. Landowners could vote and participate in civic life. They bristled at the increased taxes and obligations that Britain sought to impose after the war of 1763 By 1774, three of four families in New England owned their own farm – “property ownership gave political independence to the Average American.” Salutary Neglect The British were pre-occupied with internal strife and wars in Europe Policy was directed more around the sugar islands, because that is where they reaped great reward. Many sugar island plantation owners actually lived in England, and had great influence on Parliament. This gave rise of the call in the “13 colonies” that Parliament was corrupt – a significant theme in the Revolutionary generation. Mercantilism British attempted to control American trade. However, as the American Colonists grew more prosperous, they increasingly resented these restrictions. By 1760’s, average American wealthier than the avg. Briton. Americans were also taller and stouter. (How would we know this?) The colony outgrew the “mother country.” Seven Years War
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