The relationship between Great Britain and the colonies was at its worst during the American Revolution. Up until the early 1700s, Great Britain whose attention was on domestic issues at home and the war in France, had mostly ignored the day to day affairs of the colonists. Because of this, the colonists developed a keen sense of independence. Once Britain could turn its attention to the colonists, they began to impose trade restrictions and taxes on them. This began the deterioration of their relationship that led to the Revolutionary War. During the war of course, their relationship completely deteriorated. The colonists rejected the rule of the monarchy and insisted they would govern themselves. The colonists rejected trade and governance from Great Britain then actively began to fight them on American soil as Great Britain sent soldiers to reclaim the land for the king. Great Britain demanded that because of their financial support when the colonists originally settled in America, they had every right to rule over them, making whatever demands they saw fit. Therefore, the relationship between them was one of opposing sides during the war.