History Essay

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In 1763 was the end of the seven year war. With the British victory in this war they were able to gain new territory. The British victory gained control over many continents, except France. To try and avoid conflict with France, Britain issued the proclamation act of 1763. According to primary sources, the proclamation act of 1763 reserved lands west of the Appalachian Mountains for Indians and forbade white settlements there. Even though the Proclamation Act of 1763 would keep American colonist from having unlimited expansion it did not help Britain with their debt. After series of warfare Britain was in serious and expect for colonies to pay for their own defense. Which brought in mercantilism, that is a system that has strict governmental regulations on the entire economy and though policies to gain wealth of the nation. Britain knew that they weren’t able to take money directly from the colonist, so they imposed taxes. Imposing taxes was known as the sugar act in 1764. As stated in Norton text, the key to the sugar act in 1764 was “aimed to discourage the American rum distillers from smuggling French west Indian molasses”. In 1764 a currency was passed, which outlawed most colonial paper money that inflated currencies and depts. The increase of import duties and inadequate supplies created hostility. James Otis was one of the merchants. He published a response to the sugar act which was called the “The rights of the British colonies asserted and proved.” He had made the point that parliament could not tax without representation. After a few acts that were turned down the parliament came up with “The stamp act of 1765” Patrick Henry opposed the Stamp Act in 1765 and was one of the early leaders of the Revolution, along with Samuel Adams and Thomas Payne. He is noted for his "Give me Liberty, or give me Death!" speech. He was the first post-colonial governor of

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