Leanne LamMs. EllsworthAPUSH: Period 329 Jan 2018DBQ Before the French and Indian War, American colonies went through a period of salutary neglect.
Colonists were happy with this treatment because they were able to regulate their own economy and run their government the way they wanted to. The war caused Britain to tighten their control on the colonies. After the war, some aspects of American life stayed the same, Britain continued to enact rules, laws, without the colonists’ consent.
However, the French and Indian War created disrespect and anger between the colonists and the British. The French and Indian War changed the relationship between British and its colonies by turning them into enemies. After the French and Indian War, some aspects of American life remained the same. Britain continued to enforce laws without the colonists’ approval. Colonists were angry that Britain continued to stomp on their rights. American colonists advertise that rule by the British would mean the death of liberty and the press (Doc 7). This is shown by the tombstone edition of a newspaper where soon to be patriots express their opinions on harsh British rule.
This newspaper’s audience is mainly colonists who are upset at the British, such as New England colonists. American colonists mostly stayed the same in their viewpoints on the British, their frustration just grew over time as they became more restricted. Throughout history, Indian tribe leaders have been forced to sell their land only to have that land destroyed. Whites destroy the Indians’ land, economy, and culture (Doc 2). The Iriquois Confederacy was the most powerful Native American organization so Britain didn’t want to make them upset. This eventually leads to the Proclamation Line of 1763 which colonists detest. Taken together, these two documents show how little power American colonists had. These acts fueled colonists’ resentment and they started to think that conditions would never change under British rule.
The French and Indian war drastically changed the relationship between the colonists and Britain. The map shows English expansion as they’re able to take over more land from the French. However, colonists are restricted in their movement west because of the Proclamation Line of 1763 (Doc 1). Colonists were not used to being told what they could and couldn’t do because the British had stayed out of America.
The British made the Proclamation Line because of Pontiac’s Rebellion. This act made the colonists very upset because their lack of mobility to move west into the land that they earned. Britain wanted to do what she thought was best for her colonies because she didn’t want another Indian uprising. The British order in council shows ending of salutary neglect and the beginnings of increased regulation (Doc 6). Britain needed to collect more money from its colonies to pay for the French and Indian War. This is from the British’s point of view as they wanted to enforce more taxes to get out of debt. Taken together, these two documents showed increased colonists’ frustration as salutary neglect ends and they are forced to follow British law even though they’re not treated as equals.
In a Massachusetts soldier’s diary, it is shown that American colonists wanted to be treated equally to British (Doc 4). Similarly, under the Great Charter, colonists expected the same rights because they were also British. This charter was supposed to ensure their rights as British citizens; however, the British didn’t keep up with their promises which created discontent among the colonists.
These three documents showed that the relationship between the British and its colonies became more tense after the war due to Britain’s restraining laws and lack of equality for their colonists. The French and Indian War changed the relationship between the colonies and its mother country by turning them into enemies. This change is shown by the end of salutary neglect and the beginning of increased regulation. Furthermore, colonists started to realize the inequality and divide between them and the British. THis leads to a much more tense relationship between Britain and its colonies.