The Colonial Period

The Colonial Period - been predominantly Protestant and...

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The Colonial Period Culture and society in the 13 British colonies In the Peace of Paris (1763), France relinquished all of Canada, the Great Lakes, and  the territory east of the Mississippi to the British. The dream of a French empire in North  America was over. Having triumphed over France, Britain was now compelled to face a problem that it had  hitherto neglected, the governance of its empire.  London thought it essential to  organize its now vast possessions to facilitate defense, reconcile the divergent interests  of different areas and peoples, and distribute more evenly the cost of imperial  administration. In North America alone, British territories had more than doubled. A population that had 
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Unformatted text preview: been predominantly Protestant and English now included Frenchspeaking Catholics from Quebec, and large numbers of partly Christianized Native Americans. Defense and administration of the new territories, as well as of the old, would require huge sums of money and increased personnel. The old colonial system was obviously inadequate to these tasks. Measures to establish a new one, however, would rouse the latent suspicions of colonials who increasingly would see Britain as no longer a protector of their rights, but rather a danger to them....
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