How did the French and Indian war affect the relationship between Britain and its American Colonies?

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The French and Indian War affected the relationship between the colonists and the British. At first, the colonists were pleased the British were there to fight this conflict against the French and Native Americans. It gave the colonists a sense that the British would protect them. However, after the war ended, the relationship between the British and the colonists began to deteriorate.

Once the war ended, the colonists and the British began to see things very differently. The colonists wanted to move to the new lands Britain gained from France. However, the British believed the Native Americans would attack the colonists so they passed the Proclamation of 1763. This prohibited the colonists from moving to this area. The colonists weren’t happy with this. When the British asked the colonists to provided housing for troops who would enforce the Proclamation of 1763, the colonists became unhappier. Eventually, the British wanted the colonists to pay for some of the cost of running the colonies so new tax laws were passed. This led to more unhappiness. Eventually conflict broke out, and we declared our independence from Britain. Thus, the end of the French and Indian War ultimately led to the end of our colonial relationship with Great Britain.

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