The French and Indian War (The Seven Years' War)

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How did the French and Indian War influence the passing of tax acts on the colonies?

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The French and Indian War influenced the subsequent passing of tax laws for the colonies. After the French and Indian War, the colonies were becoming more expensive to operate. The British gained a lot of land in North America from the Treaty of Paris of 1763. The Native Americans were not pleased that the British now controlled this land. As a result, the Native Americans attacked the colonists, as with Pontiac’s Rebellion, and threatened to attack again. The British needed more soldiers to protect the colonies. Thus, the cost of protecting the colonies increased. The British wanted the colonists to share in some of the costs of protecting the colonies.

As the British Empire expanded in North America, the general cost of running the colonies also increased. For example, more British officials were needed in the colonies to help run them. This helped to increase the cost of running the colonies.

The British passed new tax laws to raise revenue to help protect and run the colonies. The Stamp Act was passed in 1765, and the Townshend Acts were passed in 1767. In both cases, the colonists resisted these laws because they had no representatives in Parliament who could vote on these laws.

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