It may have been a vague set of rules and ideas giving the States a lot of power but it allowed the colonies to win and recover from the war quickly. The Policy for a collective foreign policy allowed America to unify and work as a strong enough power to play a part in foreign politics. However this article of confederation did little to unify the states internal policy. Very early on in Americas new independence it came under attack from Britain economically. Britain had a far superior Navy and industrial sector.
This paper will establish the argument that Britain no longer benefited from a mercantilist relationship with the American colonists after 1763. Before 1763, the colonists accepted Parliament's right to take actions on their behalf and even the primacy of England's economic interests over their own. Prior to the Seven Years' War, almost all parliamentary actions had been designed to regulate trade, and while the colonies at times regarded these acts as unfair or inopportune, they did not regard them as especially oppressive or burdensome. After 1763, however, Parliament's actions began to clash with the colonists' interests. At the end of the Seven Years' War, France surrendered Canada and much of the Ohio and Mississippi valley to British rule.
They thought of the idea of taking over countries and placing trading posts everywhere to help get rid of this surplus (Document 2). It was also mentioned that “the U.S. will cover the seas with merchant ships” and “build a great navy based on the profits”. This allowed countries to become wealthy on trade and gain the power to colonize/take over other countries. One last cause of Imperialism in the 19th and 20th centuries were the social factors involved. For example, Cecil Rhodes stated that “we (the Britons) are the finest race in the world, and the more of the world we inhabit, the better it is for the human race” (Document 4).
But in our history it is important to realize that it may not be one of these causes, but a combination of all of them that created the conditions that began our civil war. In examining history, it is important to look at more than any single cause of an event, and in looking at the development of the English colonies in the new world, it is equally important to try to understand all of the reasons why the colonies developed into entirely different societies. When we examine the English colonies in New England and Chesapeake, we see that although they were settled largely by people of English origin, by 1700 the regions had separated into two distinct societies because of their geographies, the reasons why the colonies were settled, and the differences in beliefs and values held by the colonists. The Chesapeake and New England region both developed differently due to their geography. Chesapeake’s geography forced a large social stratification to build, fostered a need for slaves, and a sense of disconnection.
A good way to get more materials involves finding more land to claim that has the materials on them, thus the British colonization of North America. When the British began to colonize the Americas they came into a huge amount of raw materials that allowed them to begin making finished goods that sold for more than then raw materials. The Americas also gave the British a domestic trading partner, with a domestic trading partner Britain began to make even more money. When the British began realizing the tremendous amount of materials the colonists were sitting on Britain shut down trade to other nations which put a collar on the growing American economy and gave the British a monopoly over a large amount of trade. The role of mercantilism to the colonial process of North America was very important.
Recovering from the plague and the formation of united, powerful governments (not in a philosophical or political sense of government, but having more to do with the monetary need to support a powerful government and militia) also have ties to materialism. [ii] Travel and the improvement of the quality of one’s life are materialistic methods of coping with a plague. Upon arriving on this new land, after a short while I would have noticed distinctly new vegetations that grew here, like potatoes, pineapples, and vanilla which could be imported back to England as a sign of riches that could enhance the England’s economy while furnishing more voyages to unique and untamed land of riches. [iii] Another documented example of such persuasion was when Columbus reported amazing riches and generosity and the docility of the current inhabitants. [iv] Powerful and united governments are built behind the support of the collective people, and that support is based on the belief that the government (at a time of leadership made famous by George Washington) will protect the people from all threats private and domestic and that protection comes from a militia that is supported by weapons and trust
This act increased the price of imported goods because imported goods were much cheaper than those in the United States. The Northerners embraced this tariff as they benefited economically from it. The Southerners detested the tariff because their economy relied on farming and trade. This lead to discourse between the North and the South and this is just one of the many examples of a cause of the American Civil War. The North had many advantages for the outcome of the Civil War because the North had better technology, naval power, and a better economy.
American Constitutional philosophy was heavily influenced by Enlightenment Ideas from Europe. John Locke’s ideas of the rights to life, liberty, and land persist to this day in the minds of millions of Americans. Thomas Paine’s “Common Sense” was a pamphlet distributed in order to spread dissent towards the British governance of the thirteen colonies. In it, Paine argues that it simply doesn’t make sense for the ruler of a land to live 3000 miles away. This pamphlet, written in simple english so the colonists could understand it, began to plant the seeds of the ideas of home rule.
This policy led England to view the American Colonies as nothing more than a source of raw materials, and a market for manufactured English goods. England sought to control trade and redirect colonial wealth with a series of Navigation Acts. These Acts made it so Colonists could only use English ships for trade, limited what could be manufactured in the colonies, limited goods that could be shipped from the
When Great Britain governed early America they taxed the, not just because they were in debt, they wanted to make money. They also imported tobacco from America. When America went overseas to expand to Hawaii they didn’t just annex Hawaii they added all the sugar plantations on Hawaii. Also sort of like Great Britain we made money off of Hawaii’s sugar. I think that if your going to be imperialistic you have to justify your self in overseas expansion and economic boosts.