What are two things that were significant in the French and Indian War?

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There were several significant aspects about the French and Indian War. One aspect was that it led to the French departure from North America. After France was defeated, the French gave all of their land east of the Mississippi River, except for New Orleans, to Great Britain. France also gave all of their land west of the Mississippi River, plus New Orleans, to Spain. As a result, France was no longer in control of land in North America.

Another significant aspect of this war is that it led to a series of events that would eventually lead to Great Britain losing the thirteen colonies they had in what is now the United States. As a result of the French and Indian War, the Native Americans were fearful of what would happen after Great Britain took over the land France previously controlled. There were attacks against British settlements, as evidenced by Pontiac’s Rebellion, and more threats existed. As a result, the British passed the Proclamation of 1763 to keep the colonists safer from attacks.

The Proclamation of 1763 prevented settlement in these newly acquired lands. The colonists were unhappy with this law because they wanted to be able to get ownership of the newly available land. Some colonists refused to follow this law. When the British passed the Quartering Act that required the colonists to provide housing for British troops that would enforce this unpopular law, the colonists became more upset. Later more laws, such as taxes laws like the Stamp Act and Townshend Acts, were passed angering the colonists even more. Thus, what should have been a positive event for Great Britain, the winning of the French and Indian War, turned into a negative event for them, the losing of the colonies after the Revolutionary War.

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