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The British established colonies along the Atlantic coast in New England by the end of the 17th century After a long series of wars with the French Britain was in a financial bind The pressing issue of taxing the colonists arose from this situation Should the colonists be required to pay taxes to Britain In my opinion the answer to that question is yesBritain founded the colonies The country supplied the colonies with many valuable materials The colonists should be grateful enough to the British government to repay them in the form of taxes for helping them prosper The colonists owed their allegiance to their founding countryNot only did the British government supply the basic necessities to survive but they also helped the colonists in time of war While the colonists were fighting the Indians Britain sent over a massive army to help conquer them Many British men were expended in this effortHowever man wasnt the only thing that Britain shipped to the colonies in the time of war They sent a million pounds in direct donations and millions more in food supplies and forms of transportation The British government was already facing a national debt of 75 million pounds The war effort caused that amount to increase to 133 million pounds As you can see Britain was facing major financial problems The colonies benefitted considerably from Britains military expenditures Since the colonies were at a time of prosperity the British government could find no other practical way of reducing their debt than by taxing the colonists They had been helped in a time of need Now it was their turn to return the favor to Britain
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