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Following the French and Indian War, consider the colonial response to the British.

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newkirk7 | (Level 2) Honors

Posted May 9, 2013 at 1:23 PM via web

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Following the French and Indian War, consider the colonial response to the British.

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted May 9, 2013 at 1:44 PM (Answer #1)

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I am not exactly sure what it means to “consider the colonial response.”  I hope the following will be helpful.

The colonial response to the British after the French and Indian War can be seen as understandable, but it could also be seen as excessive.  After the war, the colonists were asked to pay higher taxes and to obey British laws (on things like trade) that had always been on the books.  In a sense, these demands from the British government were quite understandable.  The colonists had not been taxed as heavily as people in England.  They, too, had benefitted from the French and Indian War (and the larger Seven Years’ War).  Therefore, it makes sense that they should have paid more taxes and should have obeyed the laws.  When considered in this way, their reactions to being taxed seem to be excessive.

On the other hand, their reactions were very understandable.  It is easy to see that people who had been left to run their own affairs would be upset when Britain tried to reassert control.  If Britain had always kept close control over the colonies, it would have probably been acceptable to the colonists.  But what actually happened was that Britain let them do as they wanted for a long time and then tried to take that privilege away.  It is like what would happen if parents suddenly, and for no reason, took away privileges from a teen who had been enjoying those privileges for years.

So, the colonial response to the British was understandable, but can also be seen as excessive. 

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