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Tension between the American colonies and England increased during the colonial period. Write a paragraph describing some of the reasons for this growing distrust

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By the mid 1760s, when tensions between the British and the Americans began coming to a head, many American colonists had been born in America and had never set foot in England—nor had their parents or grandparents. Ties had grown looser, and many Americans identified with the only homeland they and their parents had ever known, not the mother country. Further, by the mid-eighteenth century, many of the colonists weren't even British. Descendants of Dutch settlers remained in New York after the British annexed the colony from Holland, and in Pennsylvania, a sizable minority of immigrants were Swiss and Germans escaping religious persecution. As a result, many "British" subjects felt their loyalties had little connection with England and sided with American interests when these came into conflict with British interests.

Further, the successful end of the French and Indian War with a British victory meant that the French no longer posed a threat on the borders of the colonies. Americans...

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