The Effects Of European Wars On Early America

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In the late 17th century to the mid 18th century, North America became an extension of the wars the European countries were having. In 1690, New England captured the French town of Port Royal in Nova Scotia. Europe was at war at the time. After the War of the League of Augsburg ended all of the countries were at peace. England made an agreement with France and the colonies were forced to give back Port Royal to the French. This angered the colonists and they realized their mother country of England considered them more appendages to their empire rather than true Englishmen.

The encounters between the British colonists and the French were mostly civil until King Georges War. This time all of the British colonies felt the effects of a war imported from Europe. The south invaded French holdings in Florida and New England captured the French citadel of Louisburg.

When the war came to an end in 1748 with the Treaty of Aix-la-Chapelle all of the French holdings including Louisburg captured by the British colonies were given back. The colonists were once again enraged that Britain gave up their holdings without their consent. England gave them up so that they could have French holdings in India. The governments of the colonies and England were obviously conflicting and would continue to do so until broken apart.