The growing realization that the land to the north and west of the American colonies might allow the

The growing - colonists'

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The growing realization that the land to the north and west of the American colonies  might allow the colonies to grow larger than the mother country had heightened the  colonists' perception of themselves and helped start them down the road to revolution.  The merchants were beginning to realize that they made better profits by trading with  France and Spain–Britain's sworn enemies–than with the mother country herself. The  Parliament countered by imposing writs that allowed customs agents to search almost at  will, and it singled out Boston as a main smuggling center. By allowing neighboring  areas like Rhode Island and New York to escape almost without enforcement while  cracking down on Boston's efforts, the British government provoked the colony even  further. As the wars in Canada and the frontier ended, Massachusetts found itself increasingly  involved in internal battles. The colonists found a welcome supporter in James Otis, Jr. 
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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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