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After the French and Indian War, the British government did a number of things that angered the colonists. The first was the Proclamation Act, which banned settlement beyond the Appalachian Mountains. This angered colonists who felt they should be able to settle wherever they wanted. The British also levied taxes such as the Stamp Tax on the Americans, leading Americans to boycott British goods as a way of protesting the taxes. Tensions between Americans and the British government grew, particularly when five colonists were killed in the event that Americans called the “Boston Massacre.” Eventually, the tensions led to the American Revolution. The colonies were able to win the war with help from allies like France. This allowed the colonies to gain their independence from Great Britain, which was formally given in the Treaty of Paris in 1783.
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