The British and French engaged in a war, that reached America and resulted in the Seven Years War, which lasted from 1754-1763. Before the war, the British showed little interest in running the colonies in America completely, as long as they still had there mercantilist policies. After war, there were major changes in American relations with Great Britain. The political, economic, and ideological relations were very altered at the time as there were changes within increased British control, debt resulting from war, and anti-British sentiments. The British were victorians in their war against the French and Indians but did go threw some struggles.
At the end of the war, France ceded all of its land in North America, east of the Mississippi River to Britain. As shown in Document 2 which provides a visual representation of the major expansion, the British claim expanded tremendously in 1763. This meant that British had full control over North America.
It was a major change for British-American relations because it allowed to tighten its control over the colonies. Britain would later pass the quartering act, molasses act, stamp act, coercive acts and more legislation in order to keep a more strict control over the colonies. The end of the Seven Years War also resulted in British indifference toward controlling the colonies. The British began to interfere with much more affairs in the colonies in America, which many Americans viewed as an unjust shower of power.
Britains victory and acquiring of new land in North America greatly changed American relation with Britain. Another reason the relationship changed between the colonies and Great Britain was war debt. During the war, the British government borrowed heavily from British and Dutch bankers to finance the war. George Washington was not paid for his services during the war in 1755 as revealed in document 3, he did it purely for knowledge and experience. Although during his services he insisted on certain conditions like a military chest from which to pay expenses that costed the British more debt. After the war, British parliament believed that Americans should help pay for the steep cost of the war.
So in result the stamp act was passed to impose on all American colonists and required them to pay a tax on every piece of printed paper they used. In document 4 it displays the effort of Benjamin Franklin trying to repeal the stamp act as he thinks it is unfair. It shows the purpose of the stamp act and being unwanted in American colonies.
Americans thought they had done their part in helping with war and were insulted by British demands. Also they began to view them as not welcomed. The Seven Years War was a turning point in British-American relations because before the war, there was no major debts to be paid and no major demands by parliament for the colonies to assist the economic situation in Britain. This caused more dislike of British and rebellious mindsets. The Seven Years War altered the ideological relations between British and the colonies because regulations and unwanted taxes caused colonies to have feelings of resentment toward British.
This created a growing anti-British sentiment among the colonists. Document 1 uncovers how the American people felt “In hopes of a resurrection to life again” and “Adieu Adieu to liberty”. The documents purpose is to show truly how Americans felt at that time period.
The new found anti-British feeling sentiment were shared by many and growed with the unwanted taxes on printed goods. This anti-British sentiment would later coming to a breaking point later in American history with the signing of the declaration of independence and start of the revolutionary war. These aspects caused the first rebellious mindsets toward British. The Seven Years War resulted in a major turning point before and after for the relation between American and Britain with changes of increased British control, debt resulting from war, and anti-british sentiment.