Taxation From The French And Indian War Essay

915 Words Jan 25th, 2016 4 Pages
If only we had a voice. Taxation without a vote in English parliament appears to be the driving factor in the wedge driven between England and Colonies in the 17th and 18th century. Between the induction of the Navigation Acts and the implementation of the other taxation acts to regain lost revenue from the French and Indian War was mostly a salutary neglect period where the British government mostly let the Colonists govern themselves. With the death of King George II and the raise of King George III, this all changed. The forced taxation upon the Colonists without parliamentary representation to vote on the reforms caused an eventual uprising beginning the Revolutionary War with The Declaration of Independence.
Do We Have A Say? Colonial taxation was not a new issue. Prior to the French and Indian war in 1754, the British monarchy imposed many tax acts. These acts were an attempt to gain income from the Colonists on the many import and exports they delivered and received yearly (Tindall & Shi, 2013). Two of these acts were the Navigation Act of 1660 and the Navigation act of 1663. Both of these acts were an attempt by the British Monarchy to stave black market trading, by bypassing taxes that were already in place. The Navigation act of 1660 mandated that all intercolonial trading must be done on English chartered ships with a majority of the crew being English. In addition, some of the Colonial cash crops, such as tobacco, cotton, indigo, ginger, and sugar…

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