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Access to History. Britain and the American Colonies 1740-89 by Alan Farmer

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By Alan Farmer

The Access to History sequence is the most well-liked and relied on sequence for AS- and A-level background scholars. the recent titles mix all of the strengths of this well-loved sequence with a brand new layout and lines that let all scholars entry to the content material and learn talents had to in achieving examination good fortune. layout gains include:

-AS questions and examination tips
-Definitions of key terms

-Summaries of key historic debates

This publication investigates the occasions which ended in the British domination of the North American colonies in the course of its clash with France, and the ensuing tensions which this luck. It is going directly to learn the British rules in the direction of the colonies and the way those laid the trail to American independence and, eventually, the structure. the level to which a revolution happened is analyzed, and the narrative concludes by way of the impression of this independence on Britain and the USA. through the e-book, key dates, phrases, and matters are highlighted, and old interpretations of key debates are defined. precis diagrams are integrated to consolidate wisdom and realizing of the interval, and exam-style questions and suggestions written through examiners for the AQA and Edexcel examination requisites give you the chance to advance examination abilities.

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Josiah Tucker, a prolific essayist, wrote in 1774 ‘that from the moment in which Canada came into possession of the English an end was put to the sovereignty of the mother-country over her colonies. ’ Signs of a strong relationship However, it is also possible to argue that the colonies’ relationship with Britain appeared strong in 1763. For all the apparatus of regulation and control, the British imperial system was in practice easygoing. No other colonising nation conceded to its colonial subjects the degree of autonomy the inhabitants of the thirteen colonies enjoyed.

I rejoice that America has resisted. ’ But some MPs wondered why anyone should expect Americans ever to pay taxes again if they escaped this one. Benjamin Franklin, appearing before a Commons committee, did his best to ease those fears. He made a distinction between internal and external taxes. The colonies, Franklin said (not quite correctly), objected only to internal taxes: they would willingly pay external duties on trade in return for the protection of the Royal Navy. The Stamp Act was finally repealed in March 1766 by 275 votes to 167.

Then it marched to a mansion occupied by Major James, a British officer, and destroyed it. The New York stamp distributors resigned or fled. So did those in Maryland and North Carolina. Only in Georgia did a stamp man briefly take office before he was forced to resign. The Stamp Act had been nullified by mob action. If no one was prepared to be a stamp distributor, the stamp duties could not be levied. Britain would have to use force if it was to maintain its authority. Britain had 10,000 soldiers in America but most were stationed in Newfoundland, Nova Scotia and on the Western frontier.

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