The Role Of Salutary Neglect In The Revolutionary War

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Salutary Neglect was a policy, of sorts, upheld by the British Empire toward the New World Colonies, which played a main part in contributing to the Revolutionary War. During the Neglect period the British imperial authority was not asserting the power it had over the colonist and they were left to govern themselves. Without the British being there Legislative Assemblies, Commerce and Trade, and Religion all had opportunities to develop a nature and identity that was separate from Great Britain. These things to, played a huge part in the start of the Revolution. Without the British Parliament and King standing over the developing states like an angry watchdog, the Legislative Assemblies of almost every colony had a chance to develop and became capable of governing themselves more successfully than Parliament was doing at the time. So when Great Britain came back and tried to take control once again, the Assemblies resisted, believing that they would be able to govern themselves much more efficiently than the British government because they were here, and the British were not. With the British back in the picture though, pushing…show more content…
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