What Was The Purpose Of The British Colony Essay

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The idea of the British Empire was reliant on it colonies from overseas, dependents, and other interest beyond the English Island. With this the people of the colonies were seen in different perspectives. From the start, the purpose of British colonies were to gain wealth, resources from those places and to mark Great Britain’s place in the world, what better way than planting the “Union Jack” in distant lands. Such as Ireland, India, the Americas, and other continents. The role of government for these ventures was of utmost importance. “After 1801, the kingdom-now consisting of Scotland, Wales, Ireland and England, together known as the United Kingdom-was governed solely and as one from London” (Levine 3). For the people of the English colonies …show more content…
So, how were these subjects treated? It depends on how important the site of the colony is and what it brings to the table for the British Empire. It was also depended on the fact that Great Britain was trying to compete and overtake its European rivals such as France and Spain. “Over the course of the seventeenth century, Britain steadily increased its hold in the West Indies…” (Levine 20). One consequence of this was the growth and promotion of slavery from Africa. The slaves taken from Africa were not really seen as people but as property. This a major issue in the British holdings in the Caribbean Sea. As the English were competing with Spain for control of that …show more content…
The “French and Indian War” also called the “Seven Years’ War.” Made it possible for the Americana Revolution to occur, just at an earlier date than expected. The British won victory in this conflict but at the cost of economic recovery and revenue gained from taxes. In the example from Patrick Henry’s Stamp Act Resolutions, 1765, at the Virginia House of Burgesses, which showed that the American colonist desired unique treatment to take care of their own local affairs. From the fourth resolution passed, “…that His Majesty 's liege people of this his most ancient and loyal colony have without interruption enjoyed the inestimable right of being governed by such laws, respecting their internal policy and taxation, as are derived from their own consent, with the approbation of their sovereign…” (Henry Resolution 4). One of the major reason why the American Revolution occurred was that the economic treatment of the colonies by the mother nation after the “Seven Years’ War” and the fact that the local colony government was being ignore on all sides. “Their elective assembles were frequently stonewalled by colonial governors loyal to the English and appointed by the Crown” (Levine 42). So the change of treatment we can see for the American colonists, at this time, would be that they were viewed as a source of revenue for the

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