The Impact of Mercantilism on Colonial Trade Mercantilism impacted colonial trade because it changed the way the Americans could import and export. Mercantilism demanded that for economic strength to develop, a nation needs to export more than it imports. The English passed regulatory laws that benefited the British economy. These laws made a trade system were the Americans shipped raw goods to Britain, and Britain used the raw goods to make manufactured goods that were sold in the European markets and at the colonies. Since they only supplied raw goods, the colonies could not compete with Britain in manufacturing.
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.
Duggan 1 Paul Duggan APUSH-3 10-20-10 American Revolution DBQ During the period from 1775 to 1800, American’s views toward Britain began to change. British policies between 1763 and 1776 intensified the colonial’s resistance to Britain and commitment to their new Enlightenment ideals. The policies involved many taxes which the colonists’ resisted due to their belief that such taxes without representation abused their rights. Americans began to look for political, economic, and social freedoms that Britain continued to deny them. They felt that the king was abusing his power as a monarch and therefore their rebellion was for a just cause of declaring the independence they wanted.
This relatively low number of women slowed the growth of population considerably and the high mortality rate from diseases kept population low. Other than having an abundant amount of tobacco, the Chesapeake colonies did not have many advantages that made them successful. The tobacco brought great wealth but at the expense of being over dependent on international markets and reliant on the import of other manufactured goods. The number one motive for the founding of the New England colonies was the opportunity to have the freedom to worship God. But what makes the New England colonies stand out the most from the Chesapeake colonies was their place of settlement.
Fredrick M. Binder and David M. Reimers, Houghton Mifflin, 2008, Chapter 3, 24). They were mostly white males of European descent along with a few free black males. The costs to obtain and maintain an indentured servant was not cheap and only got costlier as the numbers of indentured servants to North America fell sharply. This was when landowners turned to importing Africans as slaves. An indentured servant, like Daniel Clocker, could improve his life and social position by migrating to America.
And while there is a litany of reasons that caused the English colonists in America to start the revolution, there are some that had they been handled differently there may not have been a revolution at all. The three main reasons for the American Revolution were the English economic policy of mercantilism, the French and Indian Wars (Seven Years War), and the feeling of having no control over policies affecting the colonies i.e. “no taxation, without representation”. Firstly, during the late 1600’s the English economic policy of mercantilism (the belief that there was only so much wealth in the world, and that government must defend, and acquire wealth in a militaristic strategy, albeit using tools other than the actual military). 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.
Restrictions on what colonist manufactured angered the merchants because they were not allowed to produce certain items in the colonies, just as they were prohibited from distributing paper currency, and the ability of having any legislation passed in the assemblies nullified. These laws made smuggling an honest profession and more common, and encouraged the idea of independence because colonists believed trade could be regulated by the states instead of a central government. The back-to- back laws of the Sugar Act (1764), Quartering Act (1765), and The Stamp Tax (1765) worked to exacerbate the colonists. The Sugar act raised tax revenue on foreign sugar, specifically from the
The British made many poor decisions aided in the success of the American army. It could be said that America did not so much win the war, but instead, allowed Britain to lose. Popular support for the Revolution and simple American patriotism were possibly the most influential factors in the American victory and British defeat. Support cut across region, religion, and social rank. Common farmers, artisans, shopkeepers, and petty merchants were major actors during the Revolution.
This goes on to explain why the changes in British policy toward the colonies lead to the outbreak of the American Revolution. After the Seven Years’ War ended Great Britain and the colonies separated. This allowed the colonies to seek their independence but left a huge debt for Great Britain. Great Britain forced the colonies to pay the cost