Effects of the French and Indian War
The French and Indian War had a lasting effect on the relationship between Great Britain and the British Colonies which led to the American Revolution.
Firstly, before the French and Indian war, the thirteen colonies were mutual colonies who distrusted each other. Each colony had its own entity and no quarrel with another colony. The French and Indian War brought the thirteen colonies together fostered a relationship of trust between them. This relationship showed them that individually they were weak but together they were powerful, there was not a thing that they could not overcome.
Secondly, after the war the British were depleted of funds. Going into the war they were under the impression that the colonies would be able to help more than what they actually did. This angered the British and they realized that the period of salutary neglect was over. The British were now going to become hands on with the colonies and rule them with an iron fist to build up their funds again. The British imposed a series of tax acts such as the Sugar and Stamp Acts to help build up their funds again. In addition to the tax acts, the British created a royal proclamation that no one would explore west of the line drawn in parliament on the Allegheny Mountains into the newly opened up land abandoned by the French. This again angered the colonists who were quickly becoming overcrowded in the thirteen colonies. To enforce this proclamation, the crown sent over British troops who were there to remind the colonists of who was in charge. The troops enforced the King’s rulings and oppressed the colonists.
In conclusion, the aftermath of the French and Indian War created a bad relationship between the colonies and Great Britain. The aftermaths of the French and Indian War created unity between the thirteen colonies and many Acts and Proclamations by Parliament to help repay the depleted funds of England.