How did the French and Indian war impact the British government?

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The French and Indian War had a huge impact on the British government. The French and Indian War was part of a larger, worldwide conflict called the Seven Years War. The part that was fought in North America was called the French and Indian War.

When the British won the French and Indian War, Britain gained a lot of land from France. Britain got all of France’s land in North America that was east of the Mississippi River except for New Orleans. This included land in Canada. This meant the British colonies were now safe from a threat of a French takeover. The colonies would remain in British hands.

The victory also presented some challenges for Britain. The Native Americans were not happy with the British victory. The threat of attacks by the Native Americans in the land Britain gained from France was very high. The colonists wanted to move to these new lands. Britain wanted to protect its colonists. Thus, the British passed a law called the Proclamation of 1763. This law prevented the colonists from moving to these new lands. This was the first in a series of laws that angered the colonists that eventually led to the Revolutionary War. The results of the French and Indian War had a big effect on Britain.