Cause and effect Americna revolution

Cause and effect Americna revolution

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  • The French & Indian War (1756)
  • Huge British debt
  • The Sugar Act (1764)
  • Britain goes to war against the French, fighting over territory to the west of the Appalachian mountains. Britain spends a lot of money on this war. Britain wins the war.
  • Colonial trade deficit & economic systems
  • As a result of the war, Britain doubles their national debt. To fix the problem, Britain begins to increase its taxation of the colonies.
  • The Currency Act (1764)
  • Titled the American Revenue Act, this Act reduced the tax on molasses from 6 pence to 3 pence (in an effort to stop American colonists from smuggling), and imposed taxes/duties on even more goods. Merchants were subject to search warrants, leading to tension and resentment amongst colonists.
  • Colonies buying expensive manufactured goods from Britain began to lose money leading to a trade deficit and lack of hard currency. Colonies began printing paper money, using foreign currencies, and bartering with goods, to solve the problem.
  • Britain (concerned with the new financial systems being set up in the colonies) passes an Act controlling the printing and use of paper money.
  • Colonists, fed up with all the Acts and restrictions (Navigations Act, Proclamation, Sugar Act, Currency Act) begin to organise and form protest groups against the British Parliament.
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