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How did the Seven Years' War transform the relations between Europe and the North American colonies?

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The answer to this question varies greatly depending on which European power we discuss. The relationship between Great Britain and the colonies changed significantly. Prior to the war, British authorities practiced a rather hands-off approach to governing their North American colonies. As long as the colonists remained loyal and did not cause too many problems, the King and Parliament were content to let them do pretty much as they pleased. This is often referred to as a policy known as Salutary Neglect.

After the war, Britain took a more controlling approach. The war had a hefty price-tag for Great Britain, and they felt that the Colonies should help pay for it since it was essentially fought for their protection. This led to the levying of new taxes and the enforcement of commercial regulations. This more heavy-handed approach to governing the colonies would breed the resentment that would eventually lead to the American Revolution.

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