DBQ ESSAY (ROUGH DRAFT, but a good idea starter!!)
The French and Indian War altered the political, economic, and ideological relations between Britain and its American Colonies in a way in which ultimately led to the American Revolution. The colonists had grown farther from Britain and didn't enjoy the British soldiers coming into North America. The colonists had to use their money during the French and Indian War. These factors had weakened an already distant relationship between the American colonists and the British.
Politically, the two had begun to lose each other. The crown had gained more land after the French and Indian War (Document A), but didn't have the finances to control it.
As generation after generation was born in North America, they felt less like British colonists, and felt more independent. The colonists didn't like the British soldiers being there. They felt that they were going to take away their freedoms. Many colonists felt hostile or uneasy towards the soldiers. They also could tell that there was unfairness between them and the soldiers. "... though we be Englishmen born, we are debarred Englishmen's liberty." (Document D). The colonists disliked the soldier's presence in America.
The colonists also didn't like the fact that they were paying for the war and being over taxed. The French and Indian War was mostly paid for by the colonists. The colonists were being over taxed over things as simple as stamps. The Pennsylvania Journal and Weekly Advertiser is quoted as saying "The TIMES are Dreadful, Doleful, Dismal, Dolorous, and DOLLAR-LESS," (Document H) in response to the Stamp Act. The British soldiers were sent there initially to help the colonists, not spend their money or take their jobs.
Tension between the American colonists and the British soldiers only grew as time went on. America wasn't what
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The French and Indian War or Seven Years War was a duel for North America. It was a battle between the British and the French with their Indian allies. The war ended in 1763 during the Treaty of Paris when the French seceded all of their North American land to Britain and Spain (Doc. A). As the war continued and ended, there was a progressive resentment for the British from the Colonists. This resentment was caused by actions the Mother Country has done, the colonists thought of these actions as unjust and unfair. The seven years war caused tensions between the British and the Colonists economically by unfair taxes, politically with the halt of westward expansion, and ideologically by the unfair treatment…show more content…
The Mother Country has spent a lot of wealth and people to help support the colonies during the war. They had no way to re-pay their debt and felt as if the colonies revenue to pay them back was insufficient, they even kept their troops stationed there, resulting in more payments that the colonists had to pay (Doc. F). As time progressed, the British imposed many acts and taxes that infuriated the colonists. Of these acts, the Stamp Act of 1765 created a large reaction. Many colonists resented this act because it taxed common items like newspapers, marriage licenses, and legal documents. The colonists made it obvious that they did not support this act by the printing of newspapers like the Pennsylvania Journal (Doc H). Many colonists wanted to get this act repealed (Doc. G) so they created the Stamp Act Congress of 1765. Although the Stamp Act Congress made active attempts to repeal the Stamp Act, it created the idea of nonimportation agreements. These agreements were made by the colonists to boycott goods by Britain. Women also helped with the boycotting by holding spinning bees to make home-spun clothes. The nonimportation agreements were catastrophic for England because America bough one-quarter of all British goods and half of British shipping was dedicated for the colonies.
During the French and Indian War, many colonists felt proud to be from England and were proud to serve the