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How did the French and Indian War sow the seeds of discontent?

From 1750 - 1770 the English fought the French in what basically amounted to a border dispute in the New World. While both nations claimed that the risk was control of North America, the reality is that this was just a continuation of the conflict that existed between France and England for centuries. The war is called the French and Indian War because the Indians sided with the French. The English won but at great financial cost. The colonists maverick instincts and democratic spirit came face to face with England mercantilist policies designed to recoup these losses after the French and Indian War.

I. The Impact of The French and Indian War

A. How did the King plan on paying the debt form the war?

1. Sugar Act - New taxes on imports due to lack of income on present molasses duty, enforcement in admiralty courts.

2. Stamp Act - forced to purchase stamps to place on printed items, cards, dice, liquor, legal documents

B. How did the Colonists respond to the new taxes?

1. The Sons of Liberty, a revolutionary group, formed to protest English actions.

2. They attempted to air grievances about issues such as no taxation without representation but the King did not seem to listen.

 C. How did the King assert his control?

1. Issues the Quartering Act - Which placed troops in homes, mostly NY

2. Issues the Proclamation of 1763 - attempted to end westward expansion in order keep colonists closer to coast - eased governance.

D. How did the colonists respond?

1. Patrick Henry and Sons of Liberty protest for repeal of Stamp Act

2. Stamp collectors Tarred and Feathered.


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