How did the British try to strengthen their control over the colonies after the French and Indian War, and how did the colonists respond?

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The British government did several things to increase their control over the colonies after the French and Indian War ended. The Proclamation of 1763 was issued. This prevented the colonists from moving to the lands that Great Britain gained from France after the French and Indian War ended. The British believed they were protecting the colonists while the colonists felt the British were trying to control to where they could move. The Quartering Act was passed in 1765. This required the colonists to provide housing and supplies for the British soldiers who were enforcing the widely unpopular Proclamation of 1763.

The British also tried to increase their financial control over the colonies. The Sugar Act was passed in 1764. While this lowered the tax on molasses, it signaled the British were going to more closely enforce various trade laws that had been ignored for years. Writs of assistance allowed the British to search for smuggled goods. The Stamp Act in 1765 and Townshend Acts in 1767 were new tax laws that were passed to try to raise revenue. The colonists opposed both laws because they did not have elected representatives in Parliament that could speak about and vote on these new taxes.

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