The French and Indian War started in 1754. The British were at first
unsuccessful and disorganized in the Americas. But they rallied and
soon, with the help of great military figures like William Pitt,
Amherst and Wolfe, they won the war. The Treaty of Paris laid out the
land gains and losses for both sides. In addition to boundary shifts,
the French and Indian War had many other effects.
The war had increased Britain's debt to 133 million pounds by 1763.
This led hatred towards to colonies whom were unable to help pay off
this debt. Grenville and other men of the British Empire demanded the
colonies to help pay off this debt. They imposed harsh acts such as
the Sugar and Stamp act. This outraged many British colonists
especially Patrick Henry who protested the Stamp Act and many other
unjust acts of the empire at one of the Virginia's House of Burgesses
meetings. They felt that they were taxed unjustly and without
representation. The British were also outraged at the lack of
cooperation and appreciation of the colonists after the support
Britain gave the colonies in the war.
There was another repercussion of the war. Men like George Washington
who fought in the war with redcoats saw the weakness of the British
army. The redcoats were not as powerful as the colonists thought. The
colonists realized that the redcoats would not always be able to serve
and protect the colonists. Also the war made colonists work together
militarily and they realized that when they were united, they could
become a force that could challenge the mighty British Empire.
The results of the British conflict with France were the debt of
Britain, which it tried to pay off by taxing the colonies, and the
realization that the colonists were strong...