Declaring Independence

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  • In the late 1600s, Spain, Britain and  France often fought to gain more land around the world.  The French and Indian War lasted for  almost 10 years, British soldiers fought along with many colonists against the  French, and some   Native Americans fought, too. Some with the British and some with the French.  This whole war started because   the British and the French both wanted to claim the Ohio River Valley. The British settlers wanted rich soil for farming and the French wanted to trap beavers for their furs.  Finally, in 1754,  this  argument had caused a war. 
  • The French and Indian War
  • The Proclamation of 1763  prevented the colonists  from housing west of the Appalachian  Mountains, because that's where the Native Americans could live.  The Native Americans thought the movement of the settlers would destroy the way they lived.  Because this was their theory, the Native Americans tried to  make the settlers leave by  attacking  their houses and forts. To make sure everyone would be safe and live the way they wanted to, the Proclamation of 1763 was founded. 
  • The Proclamation of 1763
  • Another thing the  British did to create tension was called the Quartering Act.  The Quartering act was  when the British called over soldiers from England to protect the colonists from the Native Americans.  The  Native Americans never tried to harm the colonists,   so the soldiers were basically useless. The colonists  were forced by British law  to house, clothe, and feed the soldiers. The colonists were furious because they worked their butts off to earn everything they had, and now they were being forced to give it away. 
  • The Quartering Act
  • The Boston Tea Party
  • The Boston Tea Party was a time when the colonists strongly disliked the British. Because of this,  the British  closed down all tea companies because the colonists loved tea, and they were only allowed to buy  from the   British East India  Company. Colonists refused to buy it, so  a group of men dressed up as  Native Americans and threw in 90,000 pounds of loose tea into the Boston Harbor. 
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