In “The Scratch of a Pen: 1763 and the Transformation of North America,” written by Colin G. Colloway indicates that the Treaty of Paris of 1763 was the cause of American Revolutionary War. In this document, American territory changed hands in any treaty ever before. Settlers and Frontiers as long with Indians and Europeans all endured to adapt to new situations, boundaries, government and restrictions. It focuses on the sociological involvement of the war, and how it affected the different populations, both directly and indirectly. Also the document presents the triumphs and tragedies of the epic struggle on a continent placing them in a larger context in France and Great Britain global conflict.
1. Proclamation of 1763 The Proclamation of 1763 was George III’s attempt to appease the Native Americans and conclude the armed conflicts of Pontiac’s War. This proclamation declared direct British management of land dealings, settlement, commerce, and more actions of non-Indians west of a Proclamation Line across the Appalachian summit. The British government pursued control of American development by asserting its influence over the multiple colonies competing to obtain western lands. The proclamation acknowledged Indian land titles in all places west of the line, until tribal administrations agreed to surrender their territories to Britain through accords.
On July 4, 1776 the declaration of independence was approved written by Thomas Jefferson. Considered a stirring political document with the natural rights of “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” and declaring the colonies to be free and independent, was totally out of the question for Britain. The war for independence had begun. With a helping hand from the French the Americans were able to defeat the British army of General Cornwallis. Also the Treaty of Paris was signed and granted the Americans not only their independence but western
Another reason America had an advantage over Britain was that the English citizens were tired of war. The war had begun to turn into years and citizens were getting tired of paying taxes and just the war in general. In my opinion one of the biggest advantages the colonists had was how great a leader George Washington was. American soldiers were outnumbered and not as well trained as the English soldiers, but because of Washington’s brilliance and strategy it helped the colonists prevail over Britain. On the other hand Britain also had many advantages over the Americans.
One of his very serious was his funding of the American Revolution. In the spring if 1776, America entered the American Revolution in hopes to gain freedom from Great Britain, and King Louis XVI saw this as an opportunity for them to humiliate France’s long-standing enemy Great Britain by helping the Americans. Though France was already in a financial crisis, King Louis XVI sent out many troops and large sums of money across the ocean to America. Americans won their independence and everything was going well until 1783, when Britain sank the main French fleet. The end result was that Louis ended up spending 1,066 livres on the American Revolution, which he funded by taking out large loans at high interest rates.
Westward Expansion There are many factors to consider when trying to decide which force had the greatest impact on the nation. Nationalism, when people hold great pride in their country, influenced heavily on the nation by bringing us closer to our neighbors and unifying us as a society. January 1815, a British fleet with 7500 troops lands near New Orleans. When the United States conquered the British, it was our nations first true look at nationalism. While this impacted our nation, the other competing forces still had a more significant impact.
All in all, these two major movements produced a new understanding of society's relationships--first with God, and then with government. Shaping new attitudes was a first step towards what will eventually become the struggle for Independence and the American Revolution. However, most of the ideas would perhaps have remained theoretical if not for the wars that swept North America and increased tensions with the crown. In the early 1750s, French expansion into the Ohio River valley repeatedly brought France into armed conflict with the British colonies and the Seven Year War broke out. The French lost the war and in 1763 the Treaty of
Many tense moments helped push the United States on, but these put it to war. In 1848, the United States added 500,000 square miles of land to itself for winning the Mexican-American War. There were many debates about the issue of slavery in the new lands. Lewis Cass encouraged popular sovereignty to let the people decide on the issue. Many Northerners wanted to follow the Wilmot Provisio, a document
There was no way the Revolutionary War could have been avoided. The British were only looking out for their own good and taxing the colonist like crazy it was inevitable. Small tiffs about the taxing led to the Concord and Lexington battles then vwala war erupted. The British should have been able to control the rebellions what with their enormous population, huge imperial army and probably the world’s best navy at that time. They were also the seven seas most powerful and wealthy country, so shouldn’t they have been the obvious victor for this campaign?