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Posted May 22, 2012 at 8:55 PM via web

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 How did the French and Indian War change the relationship between England and its American colonies?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted May 22, 2012 at 10:34 PM (Answer #1)

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The French and Indian War changed this relationship by making it a great deal worse.  In fact, the war can be said to have led to the revolution.

First, the war took the French out of North America.  The colonists no longer had to fear being taken by France if they were to break free from Britain.

Second and more importantly, the war cost a huge amount of money. The British felt that the colonies should pay some part of that sum.  The colonists had not been taxed as heavily as the people in Britain itself and the British government felt this should change.  The taxes that the British then imposed on the colonies were the major cause of the discontent that led to the Revolutionary War.

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