French and Indian War Dbq

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Throughout the 1600s and some of 1700s, the British used salutary neglect, which was a policy of avoiding strict enforcement of laws, towards its American colonies. The British did not attempt to regulate or control the colonies, leaving them on their own. Some Navigation Laws were passed by the British although they were not enforced upon the colonists. The colonists did not mind this because they liked the idea of having no restrictions and being able to benefit from an imperial relationship with the British. However, the French and Indian War (1754-1763), also called the Seven Years’ War, altered the political, economical and ideological relations between American colonies and Britain. The political and ideological views were changed because of the British belief in imperializing all the American colonies, while the Americans believed in liberty. Economical changes were also important because the French and Indian war created debts which resulted in taxation in the colonies. The French and Indian War created tension between Great Britain and the American colonies politically because of the expansion of and and borders, economically by high taxes, and ideologically through taxation without representation. The expansions TS. The colonists were organized militia, a voluntary army of men, who fought with equality. Unlike the colonists, the British were organized in orders of rank in which there was a high range of strictness. Hostility was developed between these two different groups of men because of their differences and treatment towards each other. A Massachusetts soldier wrote in his diary in 1759 that the British troops treated the colonists “little better than slaves to their officers”(Doc D). The American militia believed that they were treated unequally by the British officers. The militia planned to not enlist again due to harsh treatment from the rigid
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