The French and Indian War set the table for what was to come. The acts of the British towards thecolonists during the war lead the colonist to gain different beliefs about the British. The colonists now believed that they were a superior group of people compared to the rude British. At the conclusion of the French and Indian war, with the colonist holding many differences from the British, the British were in debt due to the war. Thus, they began to tax the colonist. No more salutary neglect. This is what spawned the fighting.
The Colonist – (Cause and effect) The colonists wanted to be everything the British were not. The colonists believed in natural rights, innate qualities. A social contract, where certain individuals were given power to govern the community. If the ruler failed to act he could be removed. They also believed in popular sovereignty, the right for ordinary people to govern themselves. However, while this was all well and good, once the war was over a lot had not be accomplished before these principles would be enforced.
Once the war was over many of the “ordinary” people did not want to make a strong national government to enforces rules. They had just broken away from a strong government, the British. It took a lot of persuading and negotiating, the Bill of Rights, to have the constitution ratified. Civilians – they were affected during the war. With the British blockade on the seacoast commerce was disrupted. All exports and imports dropped.
At the beginning of the war, there was not a regular American army like we have today, just a militia made up of civilians, most of which were farmers. So naturally, they were not used to the long battles with the British Regulars. As a result thousands quit. What signaled the beginning of the American Revolution was the first battle on April 19, 1775 at Lexington. General Gage was in charge of ...
Nearly everyone felt this. Inflation rose. The Native Americans- The Native Americans was the group hurt the most by the war. The war provided an excuse for Americans to settle in Native American lands. The Native Americans, begin upset with the colonists joined the side of the British. The American victory was a serious blow to the Native Americans.
This blow would come clear as the Americans began to settle westward. The British – the British were effected because they could no longer play with the colonies as they wished. Now the colonies had complete control of their trade. They were not forced into trading with the British, although the British were there greatest buyer, they could now trade freely with whomever they wanted.