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The Road to Revolution The American Colonies after the French and Indian War
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American Colonists Had Greater Confidence Less need for British protection French gone Growing self-sufficiency Expanding economies for 2 decades Colonial legislatures had developed “Mini-Parliaments” Colonies wanted more NOT less independence
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‘Expansion’: Theme of British Empire Expanded territory Canada and all lands east of Mississippi River Sought to make an “Empire of Authority” Global Centrally administered from London
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Proclamation of 1763 Ordered by King George Placed Indian affairs in the hands of the Crown British officers regulate trade Only British government can purchase Indian lands Halts westward expansion British leave thousands of troops to enforce the policy Make colonists help pay for it – taxes
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Colonists’ Outrage For many colonists the war was about control of the frontier Wanted to expand into Ohio River Valley Did not want hostile Indians on their borders Leading figures had money invested in the development of the interior George Washington, Ben Franklin Denying the Americans their frontier was “unfair”
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The Stamp Act (1765) – Paying for the New Policy
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British Reasoning: Britain had an enormous debt at the end of the War Americans were prosperous Low tax burden Revenue would offset the cost of garrisoning the
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