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Unformatted text preview: The Boston that Samuel Adams was born into in 1722 was one of the key trading ports on the east coast, along with Philadelphia and New York. Founded barely a century before by Puritans, under the eye of John Winthrop, it still reflected many of its Puritan roots. However, it was also a growing city full of merchants, traders, and artisans. For much of his early life, Massachusetts faced almost constant attack from the French and Indians, finally resulting in the French and Indian War from 17541763. The colonies lacked the necessary manpower or training to field a strong army against the attackers, and British troops did the majority of the fighting. The growing cost of the war encouraged Britain to begin leveling taxes against the colonies. The next decade marked a series of skirmisheseach more serious than the last between England and the colonists, more specifically the patriotic "hotheads" in Boston...
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This note was uploaded on 12/12/2011 for the course HIST 1320 taught by Professor Murphy during the Fall '08 term at Texas State.
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