The British established colonies in North America so that the British would benefit from having these colonies. The British got raw materials from the colonies and then sold the finished products made in the British factories to the colonies. This gave the British a guaranteed market for their products. To ensure that the British would benefit from the colonial trade, they established laws known as the Navigation Acts. These laws required the colonists to buy certain products only from Great Britain. The colonists were also required to use British ships when trading. However, the British often did not enforce these laws. This was known as salutary neglect.
The colonists became used to the lack of enforcement of the Navigation Acts. They illegally smuggled products from other countries and used the ships of other countries. When the colonies became more expensive to operate, the British began to crack down on smuggling. This angered the colonists. After the French and Indian War ended, the British began to pass laws that angered the colonists. Some of these laws dealt with trying to control the smuggling that was occurring. Other laws controlled where the colonists could go or created new taxes. The Proclamation of 1763 and the Stamp Act were examples of these laws. These events helped lead to the start of the Revolutionary War.