What caused the growth of conflict between the American colonists and the British empire?

A central cause of the growth of conflict between the American colonists and the British empire was the restrictions the British Parliament imposed upon the colonies, such as the Proclamation of 1763 and the Intolerable Acts, following the French and Indian War.

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The main source of conflict was Parliament's insistence on closely regulating American commerce after the French and Indian War in 1763. While Parliament had always passed laws concerning the colonies, during the period of salutary neglect between 1660–1763, it failed to enforce those laws. British officials in the colonies saw how American merchants ignored taxes and the Navigation Acts, and they vowed that the Americans would have to pay their fair share. The Americans were upset because they felt as though their contribution to the empire's defense during the French and Indian War was being ignored.

Parliament's first step in angering the Americans was passing the Proclamation Line of 1763 in order to keep the colonists next to the coast. While Parliament claimed that this was done to protect colonists from marauding Indians, the colonists argued that it was to keep them easy to control. Parliament then sent more tax collectors and started to tax things such as sugar, stamps, and...

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