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The British government pursued policies toward its colonies that it thought reasonable and just after the Treaty of Paris. Why did many colonists think different?

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The British government believed they were doing the right things in terms of running the colonies.  The colonists disagreed with these actions for many reasons.  While the British felt the Proclamation of 1763 protected the colonists, the colonists viewed the law as an infringement on their freedom to move and own land.  The British believed the tax laws were fair, and that the colonists should pay some of the costs of running and protecting the colonies.  The colonists viewed these tax laws as unfair because they had no voice in the making and passage of the laws.  That is where the phrase "No taxation with representation" came from.  Additionally, the colonists felt some of the taxes were sneaky, such as the indirect tax created by the Townshend Acts.  The colonists often resented the British army.  This was a young army which often acted brashly and disrespectfully toward the colonists.  This led to confrontations like the Boston Massacre.  The colonists had many reasons for disagreeing with how the British were running the colonies.  These differences eventually led to war.

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