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Posted October 12, 2013 at 12:40 AM via iOS

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Why did Britain's success in the Seven Years' War lay a foundation for future failures in dealing with its colonial subjects?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted October 12, 2013 at 1:09 AM (Answer #1)

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The Seven Years’ War, known in the American colonies as the French and Indian War, is seen as the major event that led to the American Revolution.  The British government needed money after the war and decided to get that money in part by taxing the colonies and administering them more closely.  This antagonized the colonists and led to the “future failures” between the British and the colonists.

The Seven Years’ War was very expensive, as wars tend to be.  After the British won the war, they were left with a sizable debt.  In order to defray the costs of the war, they looked to the colonies for more revenue.  They felt that the colonies had not been paying their fair share and they felt the colonies had benefitted from the French being driven out of North America in the war.  For these reasons, they decided to tax the colonies more heavily.   They also decided to start enforcing laws against things like smuggling more strictly.  This would force the colonies to trade with the British, thus enriching the mother country.

These changes angered the American colonists.  They eventually led to the Revolutionary War.  In this way, the success in the war led to failures with the colonists.

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