French And Indian War Effects

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Resulting Impacts of the French and Indian War The French and Indian War (1754-1763) had several grave impacts on North American society, but most importantly it agitated the relationship between the colonists and Great Britain. The French and Indian War was fought in North America amongst colonial Great Britain, colonial France, and both of their Native American allies. Across the seas, the Seven Years War was taking place simultaneously, and the combination of the two wars led to severe burdens. Economically, Great Britain substantially enlarged its national debt and began to experiment with taxes to pay it off. Although the French and Indian War largely increased British control of the continent, it scoured the relationship between the …show more content…
The Proclamation was designed to ban settlement in areas, previously owned by the French, west of the Appalachians so as to evade future violent outbreaks with Native Americans. Pontiac’s war is a prime example of what England was trying to avoid. This war was started by Ottawa chief Pontiac and soon backed by several other Indian tribes in an effort to drive English settlers out of their land. This gruesome event accelerated the enforcement of the Royal Proclamation. The Proclamation was loathed and commonly disregarded by the colonists. The colonists, who naturally wanted to surge west after the war, felt as if the Parliament was trying to restrict their natural rights and prevent them from expanding their power and influence. The Proclamation led to cynical opinions about the British and a growing discontent among the …show more content…
As the British tried to gain revenue, they ended up angering the colonists and beginning the decade of uneasy relations. The defying of the Royal Proclamation, the attacks by the Sons of Liberty, the Boston Tea Party, and the Boston Massacre all represent significant resistances to British supremacy in the Americas. Also, these events were key factors in the increasing American identity and push for independence. The hostile environment that the French and Indian War created directly led to the American Revolutionary War and was not settled until after American Independence. The British could not effectively monitor the colonists and ended up destroying their own hold on the continent by trying to deny liberties and enforce their

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