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the provincial gov’ts b/c they felt they lacked influence
and that the gov’ts were unfair.
Prelude to a Revolution (1754 – 1774)
*Changes in Colonial Outlook*
- So how was it that the happy colonists changed their
minds and, after over a century of peaceful subordination
to Britain, began fighting for independence in 1776?
- Many factors affected their change of opinion. It was in
the 1750s that the colonists first began looking away
from their internal politics and paying attention to British
29 policies, and the story of the 1760s and early 1700s is
really a series of events that, one by one, widened the
- But it really all began with the Seven Years War [a.k.a.
King George’s War, the French and Indian War], which
ended in 1763 and left North America transformed.
*The Seven Years War*
- Anyhow, the Seven Years War informally began in
July 1754 in the Ohio Valley when an inexperienced
George Washington attacked the French, who were
building a fort. The French kicked his sorry butt, so he
surrendered, but the incident still managed to eventually
spark a major war in Europe and in America.
- Right before the war actually started, in June 1754,
delegates from several colonies had met for the Albany
Congress, which had the goals of (1) convincing the
Iroquois [who had always used their neutrality as a
diplomatic weapon against all the sides involved] to join
them and (2) coordinating colonial defenses. Neither goal
was met b/c the governors of the individual colonies
feared losing their autonomy.
- So Washington had screwed up big time, and
throughout 1755 the British [under Gen. Braddock], who
decided to attempt to kick the French out of N. America,
continued to get beaten by French & Indian forces. Their
only success was the deportation of the French from
Nova Scotia [they sent them to Louisiana].
- After news of one particularly disastrous battle in 1756
the British and French formally declared war in Europe
as well. Things still went badly in America, partially b/c
the British an...
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This note was uploaded on 04/02/2014 for the course APUSH AP United taught by Professor Orban during the Fall '10 term at Harrison High School, Harrison.
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