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Colonial Discontent and the Road to Revolution (1763-1775) 1. British Control of the Colonies 2. General Issues of Colonial Discontent 3. Crises That Led to War New Goals of the British with its Colonies (1763-1775) George Grenville (new British Prime Minister, in office 1763-65) King George III (reigned 1760-1820) General Issues of Colonial Discontent 1. Money: New ridiculous acts were placed 2. Control of the interior: Proclamation Line of 1763, law put in place to prevent colonists from moving into territory atop the Appalachian Mountains. 3. Tension between the colonists and the British military: Mutiny Act of 1765, colonists were forced to house British officers and if they refused, it was considered mutiny 4. Religion: Parliament passes a law stating that the Church of England is the official church of all British colonies, especially the Americas. 5. Different political ideas: The colonists wanted direct representation, which they did not have with the British. Additionally, the British definition of a constitution was almost completely different from the American Colonists’. Lastly, Sovereignty; for the British it lied with them, for the colonists it lied with them. “For the people, by the people” They felt that power and authority must be divided in order for it to be fair, equal and efficient. This list consists of what angered the colonists into revolution, with taxes/money being the biggest of them all Issues: Britain continues to think that the colonists will just fall in line and follow all of the laws they continue to pass, but the colonists are fed up and have had enough. Britain miscalculated the backlash, and were not expecting the colonists to actually fight back or against them. *The King/Parliament/Great Britain ignore the fact that the laws and policies getting ready to be passed would collide with the colonists new found sense of pride and nationalism within their own colonies. The laws blatantly went against everything the colonists stood for and saw themselves as, as their own people. How would the colonists fight a war with no real talk of independence, no navy, army, etc? What changed: The British colonists anger grew more and more as time went on. *There was an intellectual transformation that occurred (the people who had enough money and intellect already) aka those in the north/new England colonies. Those who took part in the enlightenment era specifically.
*British decided to truly enforce their laws, they emphasized the need to make as much money off of the colonies with increased taxes and other things. *Keep the colonists as dependent on them as possible. *Restructure colonial administration- tear down and disassemble all forms of government and leadership that the colonists already had, and implementing their own British officers to oversee them instead George Grenville: New Prime Minister at the time, took a very hands on approach on what he wanted done in the colonists, accompanied with a list. Along with the current King being

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