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Copy of American Revolutionary War and Georgia
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The British were fearful that the French would gain more power and control the treasures of the territory. The British Navy was the MOST powerful in the world, but there was often conflict within the leadership. Great Britain also had a very strong alliance with the six tribes of the Iroquois Confederacy. Long story short.....
the British win the French and Indian War!
Steps to the Revolution
Both of these countries wanted the treasures of the American continent. They were VERY competitive! They had been disputatious with each other for almost 65 YEARS!!!
France and Great Britain
France had a much stronger army at this time. They had more experienced leadership and they worked together. The French were trading partners with many of the western tribes of Natives.
Why is this war important to our study of Georgia?
The Stamp Act
Georgia's reaction to the Stamp Act
The Proclamation of 1763 was issued by King George III.
It forbid the colonists from settling west of the Appalachian Mountains. This angered the colonists who had fought in the French and Indian War. They had hoped to gain new land to settle on once the war was won. Many ignored the proclamation and settled on the lands anyway.
For Georgians, our reaction was a bit different. We were a "baby colony." We were young and small and most Georgians were settled on the coastline. We were still very loyal to King George. Remember we have only been an established colony for 31 years. We still needed our King George.
The Proclamation of 1763
French and Indian War
A conflict between France and Britain for furs in the Ohio River Valley.
This war was also a part of the worldwide Seven Year War.
The French and Indian war relates to conflict and change. If the French and Indian War never occurred, then there might not been as many taxes put on the colonists. This shows how the conflict changed the lives of colonists and started a war.
Two things happened that make this war a part of our history.
First, the war was EXPENSIVE! Somebody has to pay for wars. King George III (yes, the third!!) and Great Britain were almost bankrupt from this long war they and could not afford to fight another.
To make peace with the Natives in the area, he issues a proclamation that forbids the colonists from settling lands west of the Appalachian Mountains.....then he begins taxing the colonists to help pay for this war.
Due to the debt caused by the war. The British government believed that the colonist should be responsible for taking on this financial burden. They said "Hey, Colonists....we fought this war fro YOU!" They ordered the colonists to begin paying new taxes. For the first time they began to directly tax the colonists even though they had no representation in the British Parliament.
The colonists began to protest throughout the 13 colonies.
The Stamp Act of 1765 put a direct tax on items commonly used by almost every colonist: newspapers, licenses, and legal documents.
We were still a small colony with a strong royal governor, James Wright. We depended on Great Britain financially and still felt very loyal to the King. Our reaction to the Stamp Act was unlike the other 12 colonies. while some spoke out against it, we were the only colony that actually paid the tax.