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The haphazard and disorganized British rule of the American colonies in the decade prior to the outbreak led to the Revolutionary War The mismanagement of the colonies the taxation policies that violated the colonist rights the distractions of foreign wars and politics in England and mercantilist policies that benefited the English to a much greater degree then the colonists all show the British incompetence in their rule over the colonies These policies and distractions were some of the causes of the Revolutionary WarThe interests of England within the colonies were self-centered The English were exploiting were trying to govern the colonies by using the mercantilist system Mercantilism is when the state directs all the economic activities within its bordersBlum 31 England was not attempting to make any changes that would help the colonists They limited the colonies commerce to internal trade onlyMiller 9 The English were exploiting the colonies by demanding that the colonies import more from England then they exported to the colonies They were importing raw materials from the colonies and making them into exportable goods in England They would then ship these goods to foreign markets all around the world including the coloniesAmerica Online Throughout the seventeenth century the English saw America as a place to get materials they didnt have at home and a market to sell finished products at after the goods had been manufactured This was detrimental to the colonies because it prevented them from manufacturing any of the raw materials they produced and made them more dependent upon England In addition to the unrest caused by their mercantilist policies domestic political issues distracted them from the activities of the colonies Throughout the sixteen hundreds Great Britain was more involved in solving the Constitutional issue of who was to have more power in English government the king or parliament When this complex issue was finally resolved in the Glorious Revolution of 1688 England turned its attention back to
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