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Rejection of Empire

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The Rejection of Empire 1763 to 1770 

British imperial policies intensify colonial resistance to British rule and their commitment to republican values.  


George Washington 1772


Prompt: The French and Indian War (1754-1763) altered the relationship between Britain and its North American colonies. Assess this change with regard to land acquisition, politics, and economics in the period between 1763 and 1775.





1756-1763 French and Indian War - Great Britain’s massive debt from the Seven Years’ War resulted in renewed efforts to consolidate imperial control over their increasing resistant North American colonies.



1763-1764 Pontiac's Rebellion - An Indian uprising after the French and Indian War, led by an Ottawa chief named Pontiac. They opposed British expansion into the western Ohio Valley and began destroying British forts in the area. The attacks ended when Pontiac was killed.



1763 Proclamation Line established - A proclamation from the British government which forbade British colonists from settling west of the Appalachian Mountains, and which required any settlers already living west of the mountains to move back east.



1764-1765 Sugar Act and Stamp Act (November 1765); Stamp Act Repeal (March 1766)



The colonists, who had convened the Stamp Act Congress in October 1765 to vocalize their opposition to the impending enactment, greeted the arrival of the stamps with outrage and violence.



Most colonists called for a boycott of British goods, and some organized attacks on the customhouses and homes of tax collectors. After months of protest, and an appeal by Benjamin Franklin before the British House of Commons, Parliament voted to repeal the Stamp Act in March 1766. However, the same day, Parliament passed the Declaratory Acts, asserting that the British government had free and total legislative power over the colonies. 



Historical Thinking  Skills - Synthesis 1754 to 1774 








Charles Townshend

The Chancellor of the Exchequer is the title held by the British Cabinet minister

who is responsible for all economic and financial matters 






Reactions and Responses from the Crown (1767-1776)

Charles Townshend  Threatened American colonial traditions of self-government and imposed revenue duties on a number of items necessary to the colonies. 


New duties placed on a number of goods (paper, paint, glass, and tea) led to protests against the collection of customs duties (The revenue from which of the following acts was to be used to pay the salaries of royal governors) 









Rejection of Empire WIP







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